Beauty Culture: May 21 – Nov. 27
In a world where there is a constant visual overload of fashion and beauty, and during a time when those images are so prevalent and part of the daily rituals, I love that the Annenberg Space for Photography is addressing this topic. It’s not a new concept to explore, but given the space that will house this presentation, I imagine it will be nothing short of dynamic and thought-provoking.
How has our culture shaped the ideas of beauty and why are the standards what they are, are some questions I like to discuss and are nicely posed through this show. I recall in college that my friend’s father was an executive at a very large cosmetic company that was working on moving into the India market because research showed that it would be a wise demographic to forge into. I recall having discussions with my friend on why we needed to inflict our American standards of beauty on that culture and create a false set of expectations of feminine beauty — but then I’d also wake up every morning and primp for the day as I went out to challenge the world, knowing that how I look affects how I am treated.
And I think back to being a high school girl poring over Seventeen, Vogue, Elle and countless other fashion-magazine-photography spreads, planning outfits and cutting out inspiration clips to reach the unattainable. Absolutely unattainable, but still fun to dream, I suppose. Fashion photography, the most perfect kind, started my love affair with all things photography.
However, not all beauty is beautiful and not all the photography at the space is an endorsement of conventional beauty. Some images are alarming and bring a texture of the beauty industry, some reach a deeper emotional place, but all are striking in their way of portraying stunning beauty. One even made me gag a little. You’ll know what I mean when you see it. Think, tummy tuck.
I was fortunate enough to see the exhibit before it opens to the public and I have to say it is … stunning. The collection from some of the world’s most renowned photographers is impressive to say the least. There is so much to take in via photos and the digital presentation, I had to loop through the show three times to really feel like I didn’t miss anything.
The presentation is so telling of our time and to see it so large and immediate creates a sense of added drama. It is very much worth visiting. I hope the show doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself.
Photo credit: Glitter Lips © 2006 Miles Aldridge / Steven Kasher Gallery
May 20, 2011, 2:23 pm
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September 7, 2011, 4:43 am
Good post and good beauty culture points suggested by you
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