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Ariane Lopez-Huici

AC Project Room

Photography usually seeks out beauty, whatever one conceives that to be, and also, in one way or another, tries to take possession of it. In the hands of Ariane Lopez-Huici, however, the camera is freed from this sometime pursuit. Her subject retains his or her autonomy, and the work becomes a process of sympathetic collaboration rather than domination.

All six black and white images in this exhibition portrayed the same extremely overweight woman in a series of playfully theatrical poses, flaunting her own corpulent nudity with a humor and lack of self-consciousness that would be impressive in anyone, but that, in this instance, represents an enchanting act of defiance. There is no burdensome sociological, psychological, or esthetic construction placed on the extraordinary quantity of flesh this person possesses; it is neither a problem to be understood nor a grotesquerie to be faced. One

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