“I knew I needed to understand what it was like to be vulnerable in front of the camera.”
Meet American photographer Collier Schorr who has always been her own and, from the very beginning of her career, “believed in pictures. Particularly pictures of women.”
In this unique and intimate interview, Collier Schorr takes us through her life and career – from an early childhood room turned into a female utopia until today, where she recognizes herself in the ancient myth of Medusa.
“The importance of images today and the idea of there being so many, let’s say, in social media and Instagram, and why make another one and how does your picture exist in this sea of pictures is so interesting because you decide at some point that your pictures are the best. And for me, what that means, is that my pictures are intimate, inclusive, anti-harm, and anti-violent.”
Collier Schorr was born in New York City in 1963. She attended the New York School of Visual Arts. As part of the heady New York art world of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Schorr’s early work mined the vernacular of postmodernism to create photographs that toe the line between documentary and fiction. Often using her subjects allegorically, Schorr’s work navigates the auspices of identity politics to ask beguiling questions about the nomenclature of selfhood. By introducing autobiographical referents and post-appropriation aesthetics into her practice, Schorr’s ongoing body of work negotiates the fluid nature of authorship and performance in relation to portraiture.
Schorr has exhibited her work internationally at prestigious venues that include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; LUMA Foundation, Arles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; Le Consortium, Dijon; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Consorcio Salamanca, Spain. MACK, United Kingdom, has published six monographs of Schorr’s recent bodies of work.
Collier Schorr was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at her studio in Brooklyn, New York, in July 2022.
Camera: Sean Hanley
Edited by: Signe Boe Pedersen
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2022
Louisiana Channel is supported by Den A.P. Møllerske Støttefond, Ny Carlsbergfondet, C.L. Davids Fond og Samling and Fritz Hansen.
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