Liz Deschenes’s photographs are concrete, self-reflexive, and mysterious all at once. In them, she points to the autonomy of photography as an artistic medium beyond its usual tasks and uses. For some years now, her work has consisted almost exclusively of photograms—images made without a camera—whose surfaces bear the traces of processing and chemical treatment. In a dialog with painting, sculpture, and architecture, Deschenes explores the boundaries of photography, always with close reference to the medium’s history. With subtle interventions and site-specific photo installations, she has recently turned her attention to the conditions of exhibiting, allowing viewers to question not only conventional ways of looking at photography but also their own viewing habits.
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