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photographs in a gallery on a blue and white wall

Bodies in Water

Foster Galleries

From the moment of inception, our bodies are immersed in water. Our connection to this essential element is primordial, as it is crucial for all forms of life. Instinctively we immerse ourselves in water for cleaning, relaxation, and entertainment. Yet, water is becoming scarcer in certain places and overwhelming in others.

Access to it, and protection from it, present some of the most pressing social and economic concerns today. The work in this exhibition, drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, captures the many creative ways photographers have explored the human body in relation to water. Showing the physicality of the flesh and the fluidity of water, these images remind us both of the origins of life and our dependence on water for existence.

Artists in this exhibition include David Armstrong, Shimon Attie, Karl Baden, Stephan Brigidi, Paul D’Amato, Susan Derges, Chris Enos, Dore Gardner, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Russel Hart, David Hilliard, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mary Mattingly, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, John O’Reilly, Melissa Ann Pinney, and Edward Weston.

Organized by Martina Tanga, Koch Curatorial Fellow.