Elinor Carucci

New York

7 September — 21 October 2006

Eran and I, 2001

After Argument, 2003

Love, in Spite, 2003

Pain #7, 2003

Making the Bed, 1996

Will He Take Me, 2002

Pain #4, 2002

Kissing My Mother, 2002

My Mother and I, 2001

Eran's Blaming Eyes, 2003

My Mother's Lips, 1997

My Parents, 2003

First Tears Over Another Man, 2002

Pain #10, 2003

Will It Feel the Same, 2003

Mother is Mad, 1995

Secret, 2001

My Mother and I in Hotel Room, 1998

Cherries I Ate By Myself, 2003

My Mother and I, 2002

Late After Work, 2001

Lips and Hair, 1998

Orange Peels, 1999

And If I Don't Get Enough Attention, 2002

Pain #8, 2003

Pini Almost Touches Mother, 2003

Guilt, 2002

Press Release

Elinor Carucci, like other great portrait photographers Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, and Nicholas Nixon, has asked her family to participate in an intimate familial introspection. In this exhibition Carucci presents various scenes from a period of marital rift with her husband (Crisis) and from her year long journey with severe back pain (Pain) alongside a selection of images from her earliest body of work (Closer, 1993-2001). The images in this exhibition exude an overall diaristic quality: gripping, voyeuristic and cinematic. Privacies are held up to the light of introspection rather than confrontation.

In addition to her work in photography, Carucci is a professional belly dancer and she often turns the lens on herself by employing a self-timer. Her images are performative in nature, a combination of candid snapshots and on-the-spot staging. The photographs are full of observations on body and gesture and often contain nakedness both physical and emotional. Exuding tenderness and warmth, the photographs explore Carucci’s relationship with those closest to her. Her curious and penetrating gaze is often startling in its sincerity.

Elinor Carucci is an Israeli-born photographer who lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from Bezalel Academy in 1995 but began experimenting with photography when she was 15 years old. Her first photographs were black and white snap shots of her mother, a pivotal subject she continues to revisit and explore in great depth.

Carucci has been exhibited widely, with solo shows at several international venues including: the Hafia Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Fotographie Forum, Frankfurt. Her photographs are included in public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Arts, International Center of Photography, The Jewish Museum and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Carucci is a recipient of numerous awards including the ICP Infinity Award (2001), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2002). Publications include, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002 and Diary of a Dancer, SteidlMack (2005).