The selection of photographs by the artist are some of Schorr’s more recent work. The exhibition draws upon her persisting concern with what it means to represent a body – and a self – through a photograph. As well as practicing as an artist, Schorr has worked as a fashion photographer for over a decade, and her work contains within it a core sense of the complex dynamic between the camera and the performativity of a subject in portraiture.
Schorr’s early work was made in the 1980s and 1990s in New York, during the coalescence of postmodernism and identity politics. Her work from that period navigated the tension between documentary and fiction, and tested out the capacity of photography to unveil desire and repression, explore taboo identities, and highlight the
contradictions inherent in subjectivity, especially in relation to the masculinity and femininity. Gender is still a central concern in Schorr’s work, and her recent body of photographs probes the relationship between womanhood in image production and the shifting nature of desirability.