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Hi! My name is Ali Adams. I'm a sixteen-year-old junior in high school. I'm trying to go to a photography camp this summer but it's highly expensive, about $4500 for 3 weeks. The camp is the School of Cinema and Performing Arts summer camp in New York City. I hope to go to college and major in photography/fine arts and maybe one day become a professional photographer. This camp would greatly help my photography skills and look good on my college application. I currently have a job working as a "busboy" at a local restaruant and am putting mostly all of that money that I make towards going to the camp. Unfortunately, the moeny that I am making is not enough. I'm not just asking you to give me your money, that wouldn't be right. I'm asking for donations and in exchange I'd be willing to send you a 4x6 print of any of my photographs. Just email me your address and which picture you want. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. ANY donations AT ALL are welcome.
Thanks in advance,
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Piss Christ, 1989
"My work does more than just shock. It also pleases—and that really fucks with their heads. My work has often been spoken of in terms of the sacred and the profane. My feeling is that you can't have one without the other. You need both."
Andres Serrano (from interview that was published in High Perfomance magazine, Fall 1991)
Serrano, I have to admit is an icon of mine (pun intended). His work and its ramifications, are more relevant now than ever, in a political theater that is permeated with religious dogma.
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Paula Rego is a painter, reknown for her uncanny ability to tell often disturbing stories through her images. Born in Lisbon in 1935, she has been residing in London since 1976.
I had the good fortune of meeting Paula, the Fall of 2002, when she visited UPenn to deliver a slideshow-lecture.The tiny old lady that stood behind the lectern, seemed rather unthreatening till she started to talk about her life and work. Behind every other line was a poignant innuendo about sex or anger and jealousy that revealed an unbelievably fiesty and delightfully sinister woman.
After the lecture, I asked if she would like to have coffee with me and to my surprise she aggreed without question. (Bear in mind that she is one of my favorite artists and her agreement to spend time with me, left me sleepless for the 3 following days).
In a 2hour intense discussion over well-caffeinated lattes, we talked about gender and sexual politics, personal histories and hierarchy, men and women and desire and passion and animals and words and symbols....
"My favorite themes are power games and hierarchies. I awlays want to turn things on their heads, to upset the established order, to change heroines and idiots. If the story is "given" I take liberties with it to make it conform to my own experiences, and to be outrageous."
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For my own education and your amusement I'm starting a weekly post featuring a selected artist that attracted my interest, or was reccomended to me. He/she/them will be of any era, medium, etc but they will be controversial. Their work must challenge the accepted norms one way or another. Reccomendations are encouraged :)
For this week, I present to you, (with fair warning for disturbing anti-nazi imagery)
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