Objects of Beauty

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Chris Boot, 2004 - Art - 128 pages
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Born in Oxfordshire in 1959 and trained at the Royal College of Art, Gregory has been producing "objects of beauty" since the early 1980s. But beneath the surface of her seductive images lies a powerful engagement with the themes of race, gender and identity. "The Handbag Project," for instance, features images of 1950s women's purses-beautiful and seemingly innocent. These are items found in Johannesburg junkshops that take on depth and power as symbols of white privilege. Gregory's photos are featured, each previously collected and shown by museums worldwide, with a short essay by Deborah Willis, curator of exhibitions at the Center for African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

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About the author (2004)

Joy Gregory was born in Bicester, England in 1959. Gregory attended the Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education, Manchester Polytechnic where she received a BA in Communication Art & Design in 1984, and the Royal College of Art where she earned a Masters in Photography in 1986. Her work has been widely exhibited worldwide, including at the Johannesburg and Havana Biennales, the National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Joy Gregory currently lives and teaches in South London.

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