Press Release

Elinor Carucci: Born
A solo show, 21 color photographs
September 15- November 5, 2011
The exhibition will open on Thursday, September 15th with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sasha Wolf Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition by Elinor Carucci.

Elinor Carucci has spent the past 20 years photographing herself and the people in her life that she is closest to. In this new series, Born, she turns her attention to the newest members of her family, her children. Carucci’s photographs have an intimacy that is startling, at times even unsettling, but they are so ultimately about the collective human experience with family, and so beautifully seen, that the viewer cannot help but find resonance between their own experience and the personal experience that Carucci is sharing. Many of the scenes portrayed in these images are high-strung with the emotions of family interdependence and routine: insatiable need and early childhood sorrow, a mother’s hollow eyed fatigue, bodily bruises, fluids, and scars. The drama of these fraught domestic scenes is heightened by Carucci’s nuanced use of shadows, black backgrounds, direct light and extreme close-ups. Carucci has always photographed the substance of her daily life, the joy and the pain in equal measure, and in this new series we are again being pulled close, always closer, to witness, almost participate in, the particularities of family intimacy.

Elinor Carucci was born in Jerusalem in 1971 and attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design for photography. She has had solo shows all over the world including at Edwynn Houk Gallery, Ricco Maresca, Moscow House of Photography and Gagosian Gallery in London. Her photographs are included in collections such as, The Museum of Modern Art, ICP, The Houston Museum of Fine Art and The Brooklyn Museum. Her work as been shown in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, W, Aperture, and ARTnews. She was awarded the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for Young Photographers in 2001 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. Carucci has published two monographs to date: Closer and Diary of a Dancer. Her work was recently included in the exhibition Pictures by Women at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She currently lives in New York City and teaches at the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts.