Jemima Stehli, Studio-Mirror, 2008
Medium: Photograph mounted on aluminium,
Size: 57 x 38cm
The photographs of Jemima Stehli explore the relationships between aesthetics, gender and desire. Using her own nude body, Stehli re-stages iconic images from recent moments of art history and popular culture in order to draw attention to relationships of power, where objectification, opency and pleasure co-mingle.
In recent work Stehli is an identifiable presence, but far from creating self-portraiture, we see her engaging in a series of “performances” in which she uses her naked body to challenge notions of desire, narcissism and sexuality. Whether or nor she is enjoying using her body in this way is provocatively ambivalent.
Jemima Stehli’s recent solo exhibitions: Lisson Gallery (2003); ARTRA, Milan (2001); Chisenhale Gallery (2000); Artlab, Imperial College, London (2000). She is represented by Lisson Gallery.