The production of yearbook photographs is a peculiar taxonomic ritual, demonstrating the fine line delineating identity from conformity.
Lyra Garcellano with Jef Carnay examines how this concept can be reinterpreted through both object and performance in Taxonomy, a collaborative exhibit of new works.
Taxonomy features a series of 180 black and white photographs, grouped into grids recalling yearbook albums. The images are studio shots of the two artists, garbed in around 15 different school uniforms. Taxonomy re-creates an entire sea of students, from public to private schools, from grade school to college. Dressed up and confronting the camera, Garcellano and Carnay intentionally adopt varying personas: the class achiever, the nerd, the Catholic schoolgirl, the medical student, and members of different cliques marking the awkward transitory phases of adolescence.
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