Deana Lawson

The first large solo exhibition of Deana Lawson’s work in Europe.

Sons of Cush, 2016 © Deana Lawson. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

The American photographer Deana Lawson (Rochester, 1979) is acclaimed as one of the most compelling photographers of her generation. In her work, which has been compared to that of Diane Arbus, Jeff Wall and Carrie Mae Weems, Lawson blurs the boundary between fact and myth. Over the last fifteen years she has developed a visual language that could be characterized as intimate ‘environmental portraits’.

Her subjects are positioned in settings brimming with details of great iconographic significance that contribute towards the narrative of the image and evoke the purported identity of the central figures. The exhibition in Huis Marseille is the first large solo exhibition of Deana Lawson’s work in Europe.