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Online Artist Talk and Book Launch
Joni Sternbach, Kissing A Stranger
Thursday, February 3, 3:00-4:00pm PST
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Joni Sternbach will give a short lecture about her recent monograph, Kissing A Stranger, published by Durer Editions (2020).

The work of Brooklyn-based photographer Joni Sternbach is held by many international collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and LA County Museum of Art. She is the author of several critically acclaimed monographs including Surf Site Tin Type, Surfland, and Surfboard. This title, kissing a stranger, is a study of Sternbach’s early work made during the 1970s and 1980s. In essence it is a portrait of the artist as a young woman forming her visual language through freedom of experimentation and expression. She says ‘finding my way towards independence and autonomy as a young art student was both intensely lonely and toughening. A camera around my neck afforded me a feeling of protection. It allowed me to project myself onto the world around me; with my needs, my desires and my loneliness exposed – I felt less vulnerable. I looked at the city not from above or below, but straight on. Photographing myself and my family became my coping mechanism. These images are a product of that era.’

About the artist:
Joni Sternbach is an American artist, photographer and filmmaker. Over the course of her career, her work has explored a variety of themes, including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body. Issues of gender, identity and feminism are the most critical themes in her work from the 1980s-1990s, where the female figure in the central voice.

Sternbach has experimented with a variety of photographic media and is best known for her series Surfland, a collection of wet plate collodion tintype portraits of surfers made around the globe. To see more or Joni’s work, please visit her website >

 

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