Double Life, 20 Years: A Panel Discussion with Kelli Connell and Kiba Jacobson (2021)

Video (59:00): ‘Kelli Connell’s twenty-year project with one model represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. The project explores polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, and the motivated and resigned.

By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing. The importance of these images lies in the representation of interior dilemmas portrayed as an external object: a photograph. Through these images, the audience is presented with “constructed realities”. This 20-year survey was presented at the Alice Austen House from June 01- August 31 2021. [Double Life by Kelli Connell] is currently [September 11 – November 27, 2021] on view at the Center for Photography at Woodstock [CPW, Kington NY, USA].’ – Alice Austen House

About Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell is an artist whose work investigates sexuality, gender, identity and photographer/sitter relationships. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others. Publications of her work include PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice (Aperture), Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture), and the monograph Kelli Connell: Double Life (DECODE Books). Connell has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, PLAYA, Peaked Hill Trust, LATITUDE, Light Work, and The Center for Creative Photography. Connell is a publisher at SKYLARK Editions and also teaches at Columbia College Chicago.’ – CPW

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A virtual walkthrough of the exhibition Kelli Connell: Double Life, 20 Years
Alice Austen House