Dance Hall Concert, 2019. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 43 x 54 inches, print.
Communion, 2017. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 43 x 54 inches, print.
Shadonna, 2018. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 43 x 54 inches, print,
The Beginning, 2008. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 30 x 42.25 inches, print.
Trap Car, 2016. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 35 x 45 inches, print, 36 x 46 inches, framed.
Walking Home on Some Road, Gemena, DR Congo, 2015. Inkjet print, mounted on sintra, 35 x 44 inches, print, 36 x 45 inches.
Congregation, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2012. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 35 x 44 inches, print, 36.25 x 45 inches, framed.
Jouvert, Flatbush, Brooklyn, 2013. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 40 x 50 inches, print, 41 x 51 inches, framed.
Deana Lawson (b. 1979 Rochester, NY) is a photo-based artist whose work examines the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories, addressing themes of familial legacy, community, romance, and spiritual aesthetics. Her practice borrows from simultaneous visual traditions, ranging from photographic and figurative portraiture, social documentary aesthetics, and vernacular family album photographs. Lawson is visually inspired by the materiality of black culture and its expression as seen through the body and in domestic environments. Careful attention is given to lighting and pose, both formal constructs used to transform and intensify representations of power and liberation through the personal and intimate space.
Lawson received her MFA in Photography from RISD in 2004. Her work will be the subject of a major retrospective jointly organized by MoMA PS1 and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston in 2020-21, and has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Art Institute of Chicago, Kunsthalle Basel, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Underground Museum in Los Angeles, Studio Museum in Harlem, KIT Museum in Dusseldorf Germany, Light Work Gallery in Syracuse, Cohan & Leslie Gallery in New York, Artists Space in New York, Print Center in Philadelphia, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta. Lawson is the recipient of the Art Matters Grant, John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant, and a NYFA Grant. In 2013, Lawson was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship; she is a finalist for the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize.
Megan N. Liberty reviews Deana Lawson's monograph recently published by Aperture.
Review of Deana Lawson at Sikkema Jenkins.
Arthur Lubow profiles Deana Lawson in The New York Times.
Profile of Deana Lawson by Zadie Smith.