Curating the Gaze

posted by Bridget on 25 March 2014

Anne Collier's Woman with Camera series will be on show at the Glasgow International Festival from April 4.

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The multiple layers of meaning in the work of Anne Collier make the brain hurt as one tries to find ways to explain their complexities. But when you see Collier's work suddenly the tongue twisting of words melts away and the image provides all the answers.

Collier is interested in the gaze. She is a curator of the gaze. She illustrates the gaze most pointedly in her re-photographing of vintage prints of photographs of women taking photographs. You get the gist.

This presentation of the post modern idea of the male gaze and its penetrating effect upon women is turned upside down by Collier as she claims equality of the gaze. To dismiss Collier as merely a political artist is to miss the point of her work. This is about looking, about how culture and society teach us to look and who is doing the teaching. Well worth a visit if you are in Glasgow this Spring.

For more writing on Collier this is worth a read in Frieze Magazine.

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