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Wanda and Daughters

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Wanda and Daughters

Artist: Deana Lawson (American, born 1979)
Date: 2009
Medium: Pigment print
Dimensions:
Frame: 36 × 45 × 1 3/4 in. (91.4 × 114.3 × 4.4 cm.)
Image: 34 1/2 × 43 3/4 in. (87.6 × 111.1 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Kyle and Sharon Krause Family Art Acquisition Fund, 2018.7
Accession number: 2018.7
Classification: photograph
In Collection(s)
Label TextDeana Lawson's Wanda and Daughters confronts the viewers with a complex and multifaceted vision of black identity. African Americans are not portrayed as either exotic or victims, but rather as what Lawson calls "creative, godlike beings" who do not "know how miraculous we are." The subjects look directly at the viewer and, in doing so, resist objectification. As a result, the author Zadie Smith observes, Lawson's photographs speak directly to ethical issues, asking viewers to consider: "What is your relationship to these individuals? How do you see yourself seeing them? Do you acknowledge their resistance, or do you ignore it?" News, July August September 2018, p. 12
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