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"Lauren Greenfield: Girl Culture"
2004-10-20 until 2004-12-17
Southeast Museum of Photography
USA United States of America
Renowned photojournalist Lauren Greenfield will be presenting a lecture at the Southeast Museum of Photography about her five-year project documenting ways in which American girls are being influenced by popular culture. From strippers to pre-teen softball players, the color images in the exhibition, “Girl Culture,” reveal the common struggle for girls to understand their femininity. Greenfield follows the young women through private moments and social milestones as they try to weave their own identities. Her images provide a candid glimpse into the social process of becoming a woman and demonstrate how far the model for modern femininity has deviated from the past.
“The body has become the primary canvas on which girls express their identities, insecurities, ambitions, and struggles. I have documented this phenomenon and at the same time explored how this canvas is marked by the values and semiotics of the surrounding culture,” said Greenfield in the book, “Girl Culture.”
The museum will be hosting another event for the “Girl Culture” exhibition in November. Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of “Girl Culture,” will present the lecture, “From Corsets to Body Piercing – American Girls and Their Body Projects, an Historical Perspective.” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Building 110, Room 112 at Daytona Beach Community College. A reception will be held before the lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the museum.
In addition to “Girl Culture,” three other exhibitions are included in the Southeast Museum of Photography’s fall season, which will close on Dec. 17. They are “The Chain,” a collection of 40 nearly life-sized black and white portraits by Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang of mental asylum patients in Taiwan who are paired together with a chain as part of their treatment; “Our Daily Bread,” four decades of photographs from the state of Israel by native Micha Bar-Am; and “The Persian Image,” by Armenian-Iranian artist Antoin Sevruguin, whose images from the 1870’s to 1930’s chronicle the changing Persian landscape from traditional Islamic society into a fast-paced modern realm.