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Collier Schorr

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I guess sometimes it’s impossible to tell. Walking down the street, I would never mistake myself for a woman, though others have, and mistakes happen every time I pick up the phone to talk to someone who doesn’t know or expect me. Those who know the “me” register never mistake me for some other me, but not-myself-today vertigo is a commonplace of certain daily lives. Collier Schorr knows this vertigo. She investigates how easily all bodies are mistaken, shifting, and this shift may be their perfection—the dawn and dusk of (gender, sexuality?) what makes them desired.

“Night and Day,” 1994, a series of 16 black and white and color photographs of a particularly winsome boy, provided stills from the movie of the boy’s becoming—that is, of his becoming something lovely to look at and think about. Long shot: this boy has not yet grown into what he might be. Medium shot: he lingers on a hillside

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