Here are Bruce Gildens people, his family. He shares their teeth, their stubble, their scrapes and blemishes, their fear of death. In the womens scowls, in their sternly ambiguous glances, he sees his own mothers face, before she killed herself.\n\nWe live in a world whose visual lingua franca has rapidly become the decontextualized, always posed, mechanically lit idiom of social media, of Instagram and, yes, Facebook (and whatever their successors might be). Far from rejecting this environment, Bruces portraits embrace it and grapple with it. They say to the viewer: So, youve constructed your social network out of aspirational pictures, of yourself and of your friends, but what space does that leave for these people? They are my face book friends. You need to look at them at us too. You cant make us disappear with digital photo filters and social media platforms that act as a real world filter, sifting from your community all that is discomfiting. We are here, closer than you might remember.
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