I Heart Girl
Book Launch / Exhibition
By Jessica Yatrofsky (US)
Organized by Third Space and KONTORprojects
I Heart Girl is published by powerHouse Books
9 Oct. – 10 Oct. 2015
Opening 9 Oct. 17-20
Third Space & KONTORprojects are proud to present an exhibition and a release of the New York-based artist Jessica Yatrofsky’s new book I Heart Girl. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with KONTORprojects. Jessica Yatrofsky will be present at the opening where she will be signing the book.
Purposefully capturing young subjects with varying degrees of “masculine” and “feminine” traits, Yatrofsky further ignores the clichés of conventional gender identifiers. In her series I Heart Girl, hyper-sexualized extremes of female archetypes do not exist, instead we are given a new picture of what contemporary female culture looks like.
The photographs depict young women — nude, clothed, hard-featured, delicate, both alone and in pairs. Some subjects are adorned by tattoos, symbolic of their placement in history, others with hints of counter-culture peeking through extra pierced holes and candy-colored wisps of hair. The poses are earnest and the light is revelatory. This unique curration of the female image allows us to view features once perceived as diametrically opposed; the subjects becoming representative of a facet in the current cultural landscape. It is a landscape whose breadth has extended and evolved further than ever before, but still one that is often at odds with itself.
Ordinary and exotic are the extremes, and Yatrofsky allows them all to exist within the confines of her photographs. Collectively, the narrative is an invitation to re-examine what we know of femininity. I Heart Girl embraces the complexity of gender identification and it’s latest collective shifts. The subjects are both venerable and powerful, a candid yet tender reminder that femininity is not singular.