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Judie Bamber, Danny First
Organized by Micol Hebron
Gillian Laub, "Kinneret, Tel Aviv," January 2004. Chromogenic print, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery. © Gillian Laub.

Gillian Laub, Kinneret, Tel Aviv, January 2004. Chromogenic print, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery. © Gillian Laub.

I chose this image because it disturbs me. I am unnerved by it. It’s unusual for an image to have this effect on me. My relationship to images is much more analytical. My mind can’t process what I’m seeing in this picture so I move to feeling. I don’t want to understand my reaction. It’s uncomfortable to think about what I’m seeing in this instance. It’s the uncanny quality of this image. I understand this is a human being but she appears to be something else as well. The covering that protects her body makes her appear as something else to me. She is doll-like. At the same time her expression seems to say so much. She has accepted this horror. She’s still here. The person is visible in that devastated body and she is willing to let herself be seen. I find her incredibly sexy.

Judie Bamber, Artist