In Focus: Making a Scene (June 30 to October 18, 2009)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 30 to October 18, 2009
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Eileen Cowin (American, born 1947)
1980 - 1983
48.4 x 60.7 cm (19 1/16 x 23 7/8 in.)
© Eileen Cowin
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council
In her series Family DocudramaCowin blurs the boundaries between truth and fiction, and private behavior and public performance. Drawing equally from family snapshots and soap operas, she presents staged domestic scenes in which she and members of her family, including her identical twin sister, perform as actors. In these ambiguous, open-ended narratives, dramatic moments are exaggerated and the camera's glare is ever present.