Master Rituals II: Weston's Nudes | 2020 to Present
Tarrah Krajnak’s work makes clear reference to the history of photography, on the one hand, and to the artist’s identity as a Latin-American woman, on the other. A sequel to her first critical homage to Ansel Adams, this series is dedicated to another North American “master”, Edward Weston. Krajnak here re-enacts the famous
Nudes (shot starting in 1927, and published as a unified work in 1977). She takes the place of models Bertha Wardell and Charis Wilson, reproducing their poses—but also depicts herself as author of the photographs, a remote shutter release in hand. Restoring to the picture what Weston left outside the frame– portions of the model’s body and in particular, her face, whose obliteration tends to make us forget the identity of the two women and participation in the creative process– or emphasizing Weston’s framing choices —what he excluded— using simple wooden panels, Krajnak replays a significant chapter in the history of photography while re-focusing on the role of the female model. Further, she challenges the female stereotypes created and propagated by photography: a white ideal, shaped by male tutelary figures. Through this performative and photographic act, Krajnak affirms her Latin-American identity and her body of color. She creates through her presence and the gesture of image reconstruction a dialogue with her predecessor, Weston, as well as with her contemporary viewers. – Sonia Voss, Curatorial Statement for the Les Recontres Arles Discovery Award Exhibition.

**This project won the 2021 Louis Roederer Discovery Prize at the Recontres d'Arles. It was the first exhbition of the work. Currently, the portfolio is comprised of (20) 8''x10'' Silver Gelatin Prints from 4x5 film.** 

MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Installation View (Left Wall), Roederer Discovery Award Exhibition, Recontres d'Arles, 2021
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Installation View (Right Wall), Roederer Discovery Award Exhibition, Recontres d'Arles, 2021
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Bertha Wardell, 1927/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson, 1925/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson, 1934/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson, 1933/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson, 1934/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson, 1936/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, Diptych, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Prints, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston in Mirror /with Test Charis Wilson on Darkroom2 Cover, 1978/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston with Light Meter/with Test Charis Wilson on Darkroom2 Cover, 1978/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Test Charis Wilson on Darkroom2 Cover, 1936/1978 from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston /as Test Charis Wilson on Darkroom2 Cover, 1936/1978/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston in Mirror 2 /with Test Charis Wilson on Darkroom2 Cover, 1978/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson in Civilian Defense, 1942/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, Diptych, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Prints, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson (bent over), 1927/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Bertha Wardell (standing from behind), 1927/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Bertha Wardell (crossed feet), 1927/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
elf-Portrait as Weston/as Bertha Wardell (knees), 1927/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson (holding knee), 1934/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.
TARRAH KRAJNAK MASTER RITUALS II: Weston's Nudes
Self-Portrait as Weston/as Charis Wilson (holding ankle), 1927/2020, from Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes, 8x10 Silver Gelatin Print, 2020.