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Cohabitation
Photography by Julie Barnofski

March 1, 2013 - April 2, 2013
Opening Reception March 1, 2013 6:00 - 8:20pm

Artist's Statement

I began to photograph my previous long-term relationship in an effort to capture true intimacy and authentic interactions, but soon I began to wonder: what makes us so unique that we must be photographed?  Nothing.  I believe that we were essentially the average contemporary young adult couple living in middle America.  We weren’t married, we didn’t even live together, yet we inhabited each other's living spaces on a regular basis.  We didn’t have permanent jobs, permanent residences, and basically everything about our lives seemed temporary.  These attributes were not unique to us, but rather they were and are still trends that many American young adults follow, thus departing from the traditional lives and values of generations before us. 

The photographs included in this show are taken from two bodies of work: one that examines everyday interactions through a series of multi-framed unstaged moments, and the other showcases voyeuristic visualizations of cohabitation.  The former includes a number of triptych and diptych images, assembled from multiple frames of film. The latter was created by shooting images underneath bed sheets and blankets the morning after staying over at one of our homes.  The selection of images presented here highlight perhaps the most intimate, emotional, and comforting domestic space we regularly inhabited: the bed.