• Lynne Cohen

    National Gallery of Canada

    Lynne Cohen documents spaces in which the everyday is not so much lived as staged: empty laboratories, showrooms, medical classrooms, corporate offices and corridors, and leisure spaces (spas, party halls). She began to photograph these deserted “found environments” in the early ’70s, archiving them as artifacts from the urban environment Wyndham Lewis once called the “fiery desert of modern life.” Unlike many women taking photographs in the ’70s and ’80s Cohen has resisted the instrumentality of a feminist politics that would show us a way out. Instead she has documented processes of identity

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