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2017 Annual Juried Competition
By inserting a pinhole camera into my body I subject the lengthy exposure of the film to the movement of my breath and viscera, surrendering any semblance of control. This loss of control in relation with time and movement mirrors vulnerabilities from my intimate relationships; both with others and my own body. extimité engages notions of boundary, stimuli, and memory — drawing a parallel between the receptive nature of the female body and analog film. It is about a meeting of the interior and exterior; both of the psychic and physical spaces we inhabit, and a confrontation with this experience. It also brings forth questions relating to the overlap of surveillance and intimacy.
Dani Lessnau is interested in what is birthed with the intersection of the visceral and visual and of light and darkness; when they are allowed to penetrate, act on, inform and deform one another. She works with homemade cameras and analog film in a tailored darkroom process heavy in aspects of touch and physical intervention. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Artist’s website: www.danilessnau.com