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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Double Life: Fifteen Years

Kelli Connell's body of work, Double Life, is now in its fifteenth year. Throughout this time we've seen the unfolding of an intimate and complex dynamic of a woman's relationship; defined perhaps as a self-portrait acted out by another, or perhaps a metaphor for all relationships, or perhaps still a view of an everlasting affair with the self. As this series continues, it begins to take new shape as we now see the characters begin to age. Yet as they grow older, the emotional bonds established in the beginning of this series still hold strong with the familiarity of a long marriage.

Connell states, "This work represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. Polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, the motivated and resigned self are portrayed. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing worn. This work is an honest representation of the duality or multiplicity of the self in regards to decisions about intimate relationships, family, belief systems and lifestyle options."

Kelli Connell: Double Life / Fifteen Years is a traveling exhibition organized by the Society for Photographic Education and made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council, and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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