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Joanne Leonard

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Tsunami and Fire, 1855 and 2011

2011
21st Century
24 in. x 37 in. (60.96 cm x 93.98 cm)

Joanne Leonard, American, b. 1940

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, Michigan
Medium and Support: Ink jet print
Credit Line: Gift of the Artist
Accession Number: 2013.9.2
Joanne Leonard is renowned for her trailblazing photographic practice, which largely intersects photo-collage and feminist ideology to recognize often overlooked intimate and deeply personal moments within women’s lives. Decades before the availability of now commonplace photo-editing software, Leonard created her complex images through manual labor: layering black-and-white transparencies over physical and material components, such as clippings from book illustrations, magazines, and more.

Here, Leonard layers newspaper coverage of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over a book spread featuring a famous 1855 woodblock print of the Great Edo Earthquake. She fragments the original photographic “truths” by rearranging sequences, layering images in time and space, placing words on and around the images. In doing so Leonard creates an atlas for further study, a geography of identity with uncertain boundaries.

Exhibition List
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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 20 3/4 in. x 31 in. (52.71 cm x 78.74 cm) Measured by Farkas, Jackie
  • Sheet Dimensions: 24 x 37 in. (609.6 x 939.8 mm)

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