Girl Plays with Snake
Siegfried Kracauer would recognise Strand as a dedicated “Rag Picker”. She describes her working method as being like "rolling in newly cut grass and seeing what you pick up on your jumper”. Strand’s constantly evolving practice brings together intensive research, deadpan humour and insights into popular culture. She shifts from the mysterious and the absurd to understand public obsessions, often via trickery and manipulation. Recently exhibited work includes machines to encourage entropy, web programmes, looped films and intricate photographic constructions subverting, reimagining and manipulating the medium’s origins.
Clare Strand (b.1973) lives and works in Brighton. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at National Museum of Krakow (2014); Forum Fur Fotografie, Cologne (2010); and Folkwang Museum, Essen (2009). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate Britain; The Hassleblad Center, Gothenburg; Huis Marseille, Amsterdam; The Courtauld Institute, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Teatro Fernan-Gomez Arts Center, Madrid amongst others. Strand’s work is held in the collections of Arts Council England; The National Collection; British Council; Folkwang Museum; New York Public Library; Victoria & Albert Museum; Centre Pompidou, Paris and most recently MoMA New York and The Mead Gallery, Massachusetts. Two monographs of her work have been published: Clare Strand (Steidl, 2007) and most recently Skirts (GOST, 2013).
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