An American contemporary artist, Genevieve Gaignard is best known for her photographic self-portraiture, sculpture, and installation that explores race, femininity, class, and their various intersections. Herself being of mixed race, she uses her body as the chief site of exploration, challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity.
Born in Orange, Massachusetts in 1981, Gaignard currently lives in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Photography at Yale University and her BFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including shows at Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the Houston Center for Photography. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, California African American Museum, LA, Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, the Seattle Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Art.
In her self-portraits, Gaignard transforms herself into a wide-array of characters and melds the staged photography of Cindy Sherman with today’s social media culture. Through these autobiographical characters, she raises questions about gender and her biracial identity.
Featured image: Genevieve Gaignard - Dynasty, 2018 (detail). Chromatic Print. 81 3/10 × 121 9/10 × 5 1/10 in. 206.5 × 309.6 × 13 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery