dis(Pleasure) - Kelly Tadge

September 29 – October 27, 2017



Exhibition runs: September 29 – October 27, 2017

(dis)Pleasure
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present (dis)Pleasure, an exhibition of photographs by Kelly Tadge. Tadge’s works make frequent use of cropping to give the viewer glimpses of the artist’s body, often in “awkward” poses and with limited surrounding context. Thus, they provide a contrast to the typical celebration and idealization of bodies one might encounter in mainstream media.

The inclusion of other out-of-context objects, such as dead birds, in these photographs also lends an air of anxiety and otherworldliness, and celebrates the beauty in death and decay, further upending the portrayals of the body we are most likely to encounter in our daily lives. In these ways Tadge’s photographs seek to create a fragmentary, open-ended story that explores ideas of narrative, body image, beauty, and discomfort. In her own words: “This awkwardness works to desexualize the nude figure. I like to think of my photos as the anti- sexy, or the awkward nude. I celebrate my figure, but for its uniqueness…I try to come to terms with the strangeness of my own existence.”

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