USA: art and society. Interview with Zoe Strauss, photographer

McDonald's, photo by Zoe Strauss

By Clare Hurley:

Interview with Zoe Strauss, photographer in the Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night

2 June 2006

Photographer Zoe Strauss was one of over a hundred artists selected to be in the Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, the major exhibition of American art work.

Her straightforward photographs of the largely poor, working class area of South Philadelphia where she lives and works, were striking in the context.

Much of the artwork in this year’s Biennial was hailed as being more directly political than in previous years; however, few works other than Strauss’s actually portrayed life as it is experienced by a majority of Americans in the present period, a period characterized by the illegal and widely opposed war in Iraq and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Together with the attacks of September 11, these events have had a profound effect on the lives of millions, but the experience finds little honest or insightful expression in the official outlets of the media.

Artists have also been strongly affected, as Strauss describes, and this is beginning to surface in their creative work.

Art and California labour: here.

Art and money in Britain: here.

Art dealers in the age of Rembrandt: here.

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