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2020 Annual Conference


March 05-08, 2020

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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Anna Grevenitis

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: Northeast


My daughter Luigia was born fourteen years ago with Down Syndrome. As we try to go about our lives in our community like everybody else--getting ice cream after school, buying sneakers, going to the library--I often catch people staring, gawking, side-glancing at us invasively. With this series "regard" I decided to create scenes for the viewers to see "how we live". To emphasize control over the images--and my environment--these tableaux are meticulously set, lit up with speedlight, and purposefully developed in black and white. Yet their banality expresses routine acts: bathing, eating, laundry day. In each scene, I invite the viewers inside our ordinary lives to watch, yet I guard our lives, and the viewers are caught gawking--via the direct gaze at the camera. Through the direct, return gaze, I establish a relationship with the viewers; their motive is questioned. In "regard" I create, set up, show, guard and re-claim the normalcy of our lives, one image at a time.

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