Diana Thorneycroft: The Body, its lesson and camouflage

25 Apr 2001 - 03 Sep 2001

Regarded as one of the most challenging of contemporary image makers, Diana Thorneycroft creates dark and often disturbing photographs. Her works explore sexuality, memory, and the social, cultural, and familial forces that shape our sense of identity and our understanding of the world. In particular, Thorneycroft makes the body the focus of her work. The body becomes the ground upon which memories of past events can be depicted, fantasies played out, and the effects of physical discomforts explored. Placing herself in settings that conflate medical technology with torture, Thorneycroft depicts her own body as subjugated and vulnerable, as a site of both suffering and pleasure. That which is understood to define individuality is lost among depictions of bound and bandaged figures who sometimes struggle against their fate, but more often appear resigned to it. Drawing on works from major projects produced by the artist over the last ten years, Diana Thorneycroft: The Body, its lesson and camouflage is a challenging, at times disturbing, and rewarding visual experience. The works of Diana Thorneycroft continue to provoke a wide range of commentary and response, and always invite close examination and reflection. This exhibition was organized by the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and circulated by The Winnipeg Art Gallery with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council and Canadian Cargo.