A photographer and video artist focused on the condition of being a black American woman, Lorna Simpson has been working her alchemy for the last 30 years; exploring collective memory and the notion of identity (racial, sexual, social), she often assumes different identities in order to better interrogate superficial appearances. A spokesperson for African-American femininity since the '80s, Simpson has laid bare the history of her community through different methods. Whether she’s linking texts to her photos to create philosophical fairytales, creating silkscreen prints to play with vintage visual effects, or searching through archived images in order to imitate the poses of African-American women photographed during the 1950s, Lorna Simpson always finds a way of plucking at the heartstrings, though never straying into sentimentality or a narrative of victimisation. Sharp and political, her work is on show at the Jeu de Paume this summer, a full retrospective that in particular includes a new video, ‘Playing Chess’, shot specially for the exhibition.
Opening hours: Tue 11am-9pm, Wed-Sun 11am-7pm