New York-based artist Elinor Carucci and Tel Aviv-based curator Tal Dekel discussed about their recent work on gender, feminism, and the experience of women in the arts and aging in this program, titled "Visible Bodies and the Beauty of Aging." Maya Benton, New York-based independent curator and Artis Board Member, moderated the discussion.
Elinor Carucci introduced her extensive photography work from over the last 30 years that documents the artist and her family. In her photographs, Carucci captures relatable, and often intimate, moments that tell stories about love, relationships, parenting, motherhood, growing-up, middle-age, and domesticity. Carucci focused on her body of work, Midlife (Monacelli/Phaidon 2019), a book of photographs examining the experience of middle-age and the various roles that some women play in this phase of life as mothers, daughters, partners, friends, companions, and professionals.
Tal Dekel, who has written about Carucci’s photographs in her book, Women and Ageism: Gender and Art in Israel, spoke about the ways that age and gender are presented in the work of contemporary women artists from Israel—and in Carucci’s work, in particular. Expanding on notions of ageism from a feminist perspective, Dekel presented her recent scholarly writing and curatorial work that spans feminist theory, identity politics, multiculturalism, and transnationalism.