The Red Dress, Sagaponack, 2009
"With subtle directorial control of the mood, mise-en-scene, lighting and art direction for each image, Schmidt creates ambiguous and quietly moving meditations on the theme of self, identity and 'home.'"
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This exhibition and book project uses photographs, large scale mixed-media pieces and film still images to explore female gender identity as it is refracted through popular culture. Schmidt challenges our visions of a domestic utopia with “tableaux” photographs of herself in the role of a “housewife” that re-stage many disconcertingly familiar scenarios and circumstances. Working strictly in her own home environment of suburban Long Island, Schmidt takes on the social context of a world of suburban fragmentation and loneliness with the presentation of the housewife character as a wandering, rootless protagonist.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Bastienne Schmidt was born in Munich, Germany and studied art, painting and photography in Germany and Italy after studying Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet. She lived and worked for many years in Greece and Italy before moving to New York, where she is now based. Schmidt’s art and photography have been widely published and exhibited throughout the US and internationally including at the National Museum for Photography, TV and Broadcasting in Bradford; the Brooklyn Museum; International Center of Photography; Houston FotoFest; Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium; Museum of Photography, Rotterdam; Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow; and the New Museum, New York.
Schmidt’s publications include Vivir la Muerte (1996), American Dreams (1997) and Shadow Home (2005), which was awarded the German Best Photo Book Prize. She is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; Worcester Art Museum; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Norton Museum of Art; Museet Fotografiska, Stockholm; International Center of Photography, The Brooklyn Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
Two articles on Schmidt's work include "Bridgehampton Artist Explores The Life Of The Suburban Woman In Her New Book," Bridgehampton News, Dec 2010, and "Pictures From Home," The Sag Harbor Express, November 2010.
PDN Photo of the Day - Bastienne Schmidt/Home Stills
|Vacuum Cleaner, Bridgehampton, 2006||Morning Breeze, 2004
||Driving Car, Film Still, 2007|
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