Staged Reality: Alex Prager

Friday 18 May 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Talks Auditorium, Somerset House

Alex Prager, Star Shoes. Courtesy of the artist

Alex Prager’s photography which primarily uses staged figures to create meticulously devised mise en scène, is often described as filmic and hyperreal, synthesizing uncanny images of fiction and reality. Her images touch upon themes of the voyeurism, alienation and anxiety, capturing a fractional slice of a narrative, inviting the viewer to complete the story. Prager will discuss her photographic practice with Nathalie Herschdorfer, presenting images from across her projects, to examine the construction of images and the consumption of images in our media-saturated society.

Alex Prager is an American art photographer and filmmaker, who creates elaborately staged scenes that draw inspiration from a wide range of influences and references, merging past and contemporary sources to create a sense of ambiguity.

Nathalie Herschdorfer is Director of Museé des Beaux-arts, Le Locle, Switzerland and a long-time curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP).

 

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