Femininity Constructed, an exhibition of the photographs of Leah DeVun and Sarah Sudhoff, opened last week at the UTSA Satellite Space in San Antonio. Both artists offer glimpses into the complicated world of adolescent girls and young women, calling into question notions of conformity, individuality, and consumerism.
From the UTSA website:
Sudhoff’s documentary color photographs capture a frenetic moment in time during which young women must negotiate the demands of fitting in. Sudhoff explores questions of conformity, femininity, and consumerism without settling on any easy answers. DeVun’s color portraits of young Houston girls dressed up as the pop star Hannah Montana depict a subculture of young fans fixated on emulating a female icon. The stark studio portraits highlight the individuality of the girls, even as they strive for homogeneity through their Disney-brand wigs, purses, and microphones. The juxtaposition of these two photographic series explores the performative rituals of young female Texans as they struggle to define themselves and find their place among their peers – starting at a very young age.
About the show:
January 6-23, 2011
UTSA Satellite Space, 115 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204
(Located in the Blue Star Arts Complex at S. Alamo and Probandt St.), 210.212.7146
Gallery hours: Friday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm and by appointment
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Further information is available at the UTSA Dept. of Art & Art History