Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Susan Meiselas

This past weekend, I worked on a transcription of an interview with Susan Meiselas for an upcoming show at the ICP. I've always associated her name with Nicaragua, and especially the picture of a Sandinista getting ready to hurl a Molotov Cocktail.

It’s so energizing when an artist actually has something to say because she does things (as opposed to an artist who has something to say because she’s thinking in her studio). And if this artist is also articulate, you’ve hit a jackpot. I’m especially excited to see images from Carnival Strippers, a project she worked on between 1972 and 1975. She went in and out of the dressing room to produce images, interviews and a book. From what I’ve seen, the images are sensual, cinematic and, best of all, off the soap box.

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