This photograph explores the archetypal father-daughter relationship in the context of the artist's memories of her bodybuilder dad in Tomaszw Mazowiecki, Poland. The composition, like so many by the artist, creates layers of possible meaning, drawing the viewer into a beautiful, compelling and even unnerving world. This work is part of Bartos’ series Family Portrait where the artist poses with her speedo-wearing father in their homeland to evoke a dreamscape of memories. These works re-enact fleeting moments while alluding to the joy, uninhibitedness, rebellion and complexity inherent in a daughter's coming-of-age.
Aneta Bartos’ photography blurs physical and imagined worlds, capturing the surreal space between memory and fiction. Her work frequently reimagines how both figures and desire are represented, exploring the rebellious act of a body becoming self-aware and enjoying its own sexuality. Bartos frequently depicts her subjects in uninhibited poses inside fantastical dreamscapes.
Aneta Bartos was born in Poland, moving to New York City at the age of 16 to live with her mother. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Exhibitions showing Bartos’ work include: NSFW: Female Gaze at the Museum of Sex in New York City (2013); Family Portrait at Postmasters Gallery in New York City (2017); and Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican Centre in London, UK, and also at Martin Gropiu-Bau in Berlin, Germany (2020); among others.
Bartos is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Award.
This photograph explores the archetypal father-daughter relationship in the context of the artist's memories of her bodybuilder dad. It alludes to the joy, uninhibitedness, rebellion and complexity inherent in a daughter's coming-of-age.More
- Framed: 31.0 x 31.6 x 2.0 in.
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