The Alice Austen House presents Kelli Connell: Double Life, 20 Years, Lesbian photographer Kelli Connell’s twenty-year project with one model represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. The project’s multi year span opens up new dialogues on women and aging and explores polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, and the motivated and resigned. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing. The importance of these images lies in the representation of interior dilemmas portrayed as an external object: a photograph. Through these images, the audience is presented with “constructed realities. Double Life, 20 Years is funded by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About The Alice Austen House
A vibrant cultural center and nationally designated site of LGBTQ history, the historic Alice Austen House honors the legacy and daring spirit of Alice Austen (1866-1952), a pioneering photographer and an inspiring modern woman of the Victorian age. Alice Austen carefully recorded a changing New York City at the turn of the twentieth century.
Kelli Connell : Double Life, 20 Years
Until September 2021
Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305