Lorna Simpson

American artist Lorna Simpson has been exploring the notions of race, culture and gender, and more specifically, the status of black American woman in contemporary society since the middle of the 1980s. Her photographic work is defined by the juxtaposition of different elements (addition of texts or association of images) that question the validity of the photographic testimony and its conventional representations. In 2008, she inaugurates a series of installations composed of photobooth portraits from the 1950s. These generally thematic projects examine the establishment of an identity through the photobooth and social behaviors. Gather is a set of various group portraits testifying of friend, family or love relationships. Lorna Simpson mixes this set of images to drawings of the same size, stained with ink. These pictorial pieces suggest the material disappearance of images and their ephemeral nature. (Credit: Gather © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy Salon 94, New York / Collection Isabelle et Charles Berkovic, Bruxelles)