Dear Shaded Viewers,
If you are a Shaded Viewer I’m sure you are already aware of the work of Nadia Lee Cohen, her film Sgualdrina For GCDS won Best Styling in ASVOFF 10. La Termica presents the first big solo exhibition of the photographer Nadia Lee Cohen which includes over fifty photographs and four films. I want to see the rest of the films but above are some of the photographs. Her work includes everything from Stanley Kubrick to Cindy Sherman with saturated colours, often macabre touches and unusual characters which perfectly represent how millennials view the world today:a dreamscape of opportunities with a potential touch of nightmare in politically, socially and economically problematic times.
“In the context of fashion where we finally enjoy combined mens and womens shows and where we see inclusive castings represent more of us on the runways, Nadia’s anachronistic eclectism of talents and references is a breath of fresh air. Not only she is deemed to be the new girl in town who will immortalize many faces and trends onto her iconic images for our ever-scrolling generation but also the role model for those polymaths who find it hard to fit into one category. We can’t help but wonder as we lose ourselves into Cohen’s immaginarium: are we experiencing a historical moment in photography where we witness emergence of one of future’s most eclectic talents?” said Yigit Turhan
Nadia was born in the UK 1990 and is based in LA where she is a photographer, a filmmaker and self-portrait artist. She continues to be fascinated by Americana and conventional life in suburbia. Her images blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Her work challenges logic with a touch of irony and humour. ORLAN and Roger Avary, jury members on ASVOFF 10 could not say enough good things about her work and I personally cannot wait to see what film she might propose for ASVOFF 11.
Excerpted text from Yigit Turhan