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Clare Strand * 1973 in Brighton, lives in Brighton and Hove

Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, finds that “there is always something odd—in a good way—about Clare Strand’s work. That oddity rests in tension between her often personal, always playful take on conceptualism and her wilfully old-fashioned methods.” The feminist artist here presents her latest book, Girl Plays with Snake, hammering home an image through a multitude of photographs. All of these pictures show women and girls with snakes, referencing humanity [...]

Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, finds that “there is always something odd—in a good way—about Clare Strand’s work. That oddity rests in tension between her often personal, always playful take on conceptualism and her wilfully old-fashioned methods.” The feminist artist here presents her latest book, Girl Plays with Snake, hammering home an image through a multitude of photographs. All of these pictures show women and girls with snakes, referencing humanity’s first woman, Eve, seduced by the serpent and eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Sexual intercourse is no longer an act of freedom and union with the other and the cosmos; it is rather a sin. This is how one of the most powerful male chauvinist myths of the three monotheisms moralises sexuality and makes woman responsible for original sin, when there is no guilty eroticism or sex.

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