During the month of November, the Hampshire College Photography Gallery will be featuring Boston-based photographer Sage Sohier’s most recent project, “About Face,” also published as a book in December 2012.
The exhibition will be up in the Liebling Center Photography Gallery at Hampshire College from November 1-December 2. Gallery hours are M-F, 9am-5pm and Sat/Sun from 1pm -5pm.
For the “About Face” project, Sohier photographed people with varying degrees of facial paralysis, a condition that usually occurs on one side of the face. “When looking at someone with partial facial paralysis, we are in a sense seeing two versions of the same face at once, with each side conveying different emotions. As a visual artist, I find myself fascinated by the intensity of glimpsing two expressions simultaneously, a literal “two-facedness” that mesmerizes by its terrible beauty. At the same time, I hope these pictures bear witness to the incredible courage required to deal with medical afflictions, especially when they affect one’s primary appearance. Even minor facial problems challenge and potentially diminish a person’s sense of self; the poise and inner strength that it takes to deal with this, while at the same time presenting oneself to the world, is remarkable.”
Sage Sohier has been photographing people for more than 30 years. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others. She has received fellowships from the No Strings Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.