Alex Prager: Crowd #2 (Emma), 2012
Archival pigment print
Courtesy of the artist
Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd
WASHINGTON, DC • Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design • 23 November 2013 - 9 March 2014
|Featuring large-scale photographs of people assembled in congested public spaces such as an airport terminal, lobby, beach, and movie theater, Face in the Crowd is the Los Angeles artist Alex Prager’s most ambitious and complex series to date. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Prager directed the actions of hundreds of costumed actors on specially constructed sets. Densely detailed and shot from seemingly impossible vantage points, they enact psychological narratives of private and public revelation, repulsion, fear, personal safety, and the desire for basic human interaction. This series was created especially for the Corcoran’s exhibition, which is organized by Kaitlin Booher, assistant curator of photography and media arts. |
“I’m fascinated by the experience of being involved in other people’s lives accidentally,” Prager has said, noting that her work has been influenced by time spent in busy cities such as New York and London. “Crowds have always been an interest of mine. It may look like a sea of people, but there are so many interesting stories, all colliding silently.”
Face in the Crowd is presented at the Corcoran alongside a selection of the artist’s earlier photographs, as well as her videos Despair (2010), La Petite Mort (2012), and Sunday (2010).
Alex Prager was born in 1979 in Los Angeles, California, where she lives and works. A self-taught artist, she was inspired to take up photography after seeing the color images of William Eggleston.
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