Silver Gelatin print onto fibre paper
29.5 x 29.5 cm [11.61 x 11.61 inches]
Edition of 42, signed and numbered verso and produced by Metro Imaging, London.
About the work
Eva Stenram has been selected by a panel as one of forty-eight artists to feature in The London Open 2015, the Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial open submission exhibition. To accompany her works on display from 15 July–6 September 2015, Stenram has produced a new limited edition. This silver gelatin print is the latest work in the artist's 'Drape' series, created exclusively for the Whitechapel Gallery.
Drape XIV takes as it's source a vintage 'pin up' negative which the artist bought on eBay. The original size and format of the photograph is retained but Stenram seamlessly extends the drapery, which was formerly the background of the scene, to partially obscure the model’s body. All that is left exposed are the bare legs, detached from the human form. By excising the photograph from the context of a magazine spread and dissecting the original scene, Stenram draws attention to the voyeuristic nature of the image.
About the artist
Eva Stenram was born in Stockholm, Sweden, but moved to the UK where she studied for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art in the late 90s and an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2001-2003. In her work, Stenram interacts with and re-interprets imagery, meticulously using fragments of found materials and finding similarities in photographic styles. As a kind of photographic archaeologist, she uses a multitude of sources including negatives, slides, magazines, Internet images and photographic prints and alters them through digital, analogue or physical manipulation. By editing the original pieces, their functions become disrupted and often subverted – the contexts are now ambivalent and timeless, which generates curiosity and a desire to see.
Stenram currently lives and works in London, UK.
Solo exhibitions include very recent Cover, pp. 43-51, The Function Room, London (June 2015); Drape, which toured to Moscow, Amsterdam and Liverpool (2013); Le Prix Découverte des Rencontres d'Arles (Discovery Award), Arles, France (2013); Per Pulverem Ad Astra, Pavilion, Leeds (2008).
Eva has been featured in group shows internationally since 1995. Earlier this year included Dear Dave, Foley Gallery, New York (2015); The Way You See It / Jak to Widzisz, Galeria Szara Kamienica, Krakow(2014);Born in 1987: The Animated Gif, The Photographers' Gallery, London (2012).
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