Leica Gallery Boston is presenting The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, a provocative photographic sequence, by Maggie Steber through July 8, 2018. Steber, a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, was awarded this prestigious grant for The Secret Garden, an ongoing series that embodies Steber’s subconscious captured by her alter-ego, Lily LaPalma. The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma represents a complete reinvention for Steber, a striking departure from her extensive documentary photography body of work.
“The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma is a series of photographs made in the shadows of a dark side of me that I have, as of late, begun to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and private memories, all the things that are wrapped up, not always so neatly, in someone’s life. The photographs address an exterior world now being re-interpreted in my interior landscape as a documentation of my subconscious and imagination, often posing as something entirely unrelated and recognized only by me. The photographs are done spur of the moment. I go from the gut. I don’t want them to be perfect because reality isn’t perfect, it’s messy, and the imperfection of these spontaneous moments reflects what I’m after.” – Maggie Steber
The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma – Maggie Steber
May 3 – July 8
The Leica Gallery in Boston
74 Arlington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Phone: (857) 305-3609