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Collier Schorr in "Loss & Desire"

“Gender, religion, nationality—they’re all sort of things that are in flux in my work,” comments Collier Schorr, pointing out the ambiguity that is so important to each image. Filmed taking pictures of a wrestling practice and match, Schorr captures the physical exhaustion and camaraderie of her subjects.

Shifting to the subject of art history, Schorr’s images of her male model and friend, Jens, dramatize poses made by American painter Andrew Wyeth’s female model Helga. The segment ends in Germany where Schorr recreates a fictionalized military occupation of the landscape, bringing to the surface the personal histories buried and repressed by war.

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Collier Schorr

Best known for her portraits of adolescent men and women, Collier Schorr ‘s pictures often blend photographic realism with elements of fiction and youthful fantasy. For her 1998 project, Neue Soldaten, Schorr juxtaposed documentary-style pictures of a Swedish army battalion with pictures of fake Swedish soldiers played by German teenagers. Schorr’s images not only call into question the fractured role of soldiering in today’s society, but also examine the way nationality, gender, and sexuality influence an individual’s identity.

“Gender, religion, nationality—they’re all sort of things that are in flux in my work.”

Collier Schorr

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In this interview, Collier Schorr talks about what it was like photographing wrestlers during matches, and how the resulting photographs are installed and received by viewers.

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