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Anne Collier: Women with Cameras (Self Portrait)
September 7, 2017 - December 11, 2017
Mia presents the world premiere of Anne Collier’s Women with Cameras (Self Portrait), a slideshow of 80 35mm slides depicting found images of female subjects in the act of taking self-portraits. Dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s, these relics of the pre-digital age were collected by Collier, each image discarded by its original owner yet finding its way back to relevance in Collier’s work. The slideshow consists of amateur snapshots of women photographing themselves with film cameras prior to the advent of the digital “selfie.” Instead of circulating on social media, these abandoned images once existed for a private audience. The resulting work is steeped in a deep sense of loneliness, illustrating photography’s contentious relationship to memory, loss, and self-representation.
Anne Collier (b. 1970, Los Angeles), lives and works in New York. Collier received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia in 1993, and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001.