Deana Lawson: Centropy
May 7, 2021 - October 11, 2021

The first photographer to receive the biennial Hugo Boss Prize often centers Black men and women in her work, presenting them in precisely choreographed domestic settings that appear dream-like. Here, she debuts large-scale photographs—some embedded in holograms—that surround spectral renderings of toruses. Her installation draws on the concept of entropy, which refers to how the electrification of matter leads to a regeneration and harmonious order. That same impulse of renewal through creative energy is central to Lawson’s vision, in which her subjects are figured as unquestionably splendid, occupying a world that they command absolutely. 


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