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Jenna Westra

Jenna Westra, Parts of Some Quartet 1, 2018, Inkjet print, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Jenna Westra, Legs and Chair (Armature), 2019, Archival pigment print, 33.5 x 28.5 in. (85 x 72.4 cm)

Jenna Westra, Duo with Halved Melon, Pink Paper, 2018, Inkjet print, 21 x 28 in. (53.3 x 71 cm)

Jenna Westra, Backdrop (Full Frame), 2017, Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Jenna Westra, Armrest, 2019, Gelatin silver print, 24 x 19.5 in. (61 x 49.5 cm)

Jenna Westra, Mariana Sits on “The Complete Photographer, An Encyclopedia of Photography” (1949), Volume 6, Pages 2178-79, ‘Best Fashion Study and Best Action Production Still Taken in a Studio’,, 2018, Inkjet print, 26 x 21.75 in. (66 x 55.3 cm)

Jenna Westra

Jenna Westra creates photographs that transform accidental or casual movements into choreographed actions for the camera. The artist uses the human body as her main subject, creating an amalgam of twisted and abstract forms that depict careful angles, curves and lines while managing to evoke a deep sense of intimacy and creative freedom.

Taking aesthetic cues from performance documentation and postmodern choreography while relying on the fundamental traits of analog photography, Jenna Westra invites the viewer to re-examine their role in image consumption. The viewer’s implication with the photographs is sensibly shaped by the relation between the printed image and the action that took place before the camera.

Sincere and authentic connectivity between the subject, space, the human body, and light create a visual honesty that characterizes Westra’s work, while at the same time offer the conceptual framework upon which her photographs are taken. The artist’s curiosity is translated into an artistic autonomy visible in her work. Westra uses photography as a conceptual practice that translates a living three dimensional world into a structural narrative of curves and lines that loosely emphasizes the physical traits of photographic media.

Born in 1986, Jenna Westra lives and works in New York. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2015 in NY and now teaches photography at the Parsons School for Design in NY. Her work has been shown internationally with solo and group exhibitions in Berlin, Zurich, Los Angeles, New York and Madrid amongst others.