Dushanbe Tajikistan 2008 by Carolyn Drake.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Carolyn Drake
Statement from Carolyn Drake on the back of print Dushanbe Tajikistan 2008
“All these years later, I still remember lying on the floor in the yellow-wallpapered room – the shaman, the resting patient, and me.
Despite seeing a knife hovering over a body, there is something soothing about it.
We were together, but in our own heads, each of us balancing our own role in the scene.”
Carolyn Drake works on long term photo-based projects seeking to interrogate dominant historical narratives and imagine alternatives to them. Her work explores community and the interactions within it, as well as the barriers and connections between people, between places and between ways of perceiving.
Her practice has embraced collaboration, and through this, collage, drawing, sewing, text, and found images have been integrated into her work. She is interested in collapsing the traditional divide between author and subject, the real and the imaginary, challenging entrenched binaries.
Drake was born in California and studied Media/Culture and History in the early 1990s at Brown University. Following her graduation from Brown, in 1994, Drake moved to New York and worked as a interactive concept designer for many years before departing to engage with the physical world through photography.
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