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Dana Hoey, Imogene Simmons, 2019, ink-jet print, 32 1⁄4 × 24 3⁄4".

Dana Hoey, Imogene Simmons, 2019, ink-jet print, 32 1⁄4 × 24 3⁄4".

Dana Hoey

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

From catfights to survivors of the great outdoors, Dana Hoey’s photographs represent tensions within and among her female subjects. Since the late 1990s, much of the discourse surrounding her work has centered on its fictional and nonfictional aspects—that is, the distinction between her staged and candid pictures. Her latest solo exhibition at Petzel, “Dana Hoey Presents,” is premised on the “parafictional.” Hoey’s use of the term, however, does not refer to the slippage of imaginary characters into reality but draws on what the art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty describes as practices “built on the contradictions between art’s ability to move into and change the world, and art as a space of only symbolic relevance.” One way Hoey challenged this separation between art and life was by becoming certified as a Muay Thai promoter and presenting a well-attended evening of matches featuring

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