Lorna Simpson by James Wang © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser Wirth
Lorna Simpson is a pioneering conceptual photographer who works with a variety of techniques, including collage, film, and photography to explore ideas of representation and identity, often through the lens of history and memory.
Her 2019 project Special Characters has recently been exhibited at Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong and is Lorna’s first solo exhibition in Greater China. In this project, Lorna takes the faces of women from advertisements in Ebony magazine. She isolates these figures and presents them in collages with ink washes to demonstrate the reinforcement of stereotypes in everyday imagery.
During the pandemic Lorna has worked on Give Me Some Moments, which consists of collages of male and female subjects whose limbs and hair are replaced with images of architecture, animals, or nature. These collages feature extreme close-ups and focus on fragmented bodies, reflecting the fragmented nature of society and our own relationships with our bodies. Both Special Characters and Give Me Some Moments are available on the Hauser & Wirth website as online exhibitions.