Artist’s Choice: Lorna Simpson

April 13, 2013

Lorna Simpson leads a discussion in front of her work, Please remind me of who I am (2009), April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Lorna Simpson is well known for her photographic works which often examine racial and gender identity. For this workshop Simpson joined families to discuss her work Please remind me of who I am (2009), on view in the exhibition Blues for Smoke. This work comprises a collection of historical images of anonymous African American women posing for photo booth portraits. Prior to the workshop, Simpson asked the group to bring old family photographs with them. Families used their photographs to create their own photo collages, re-contextualizing these images and adding in some photo booth images supplied by Simpson. They experimented with composition and used black ink to add to their visual narratives.

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The Workshop

  • Photo collage from the workshop, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • Examples of the bronze frames that Lorna Simpson used in Please remind me of who I am (2009), April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • Simpson demonstrates the meaning behind the pose of the subject in one of her photographs, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • A parent carefully applies black ink to his photo collage, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • Families concentrate on creating their photo collages, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • A kid composes her selected images, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • A family creates a work of art together, 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • Simpson talks with families about their work, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • A kid poses with her art work, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • Photo collage from the workshop, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • Families share their work and join in a round of applause at the end of the workshop, April 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak