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  • Kika Espejo

Larissa Nowak’s Doorways to Poetry

Doorways to Poetry, 2013, Digital Print, 8 x 10 inches

Self-portraiture has been present in Larissa’s work through the ten years of her career as a photographer. In her new solo exhibition Doorways to Poetry, Larissa’s presents us a series of works where she lets herself be seen, deeply seen, and vulnerably seen. For an artist, this is an action that takes courage, the courage to be imperfect, to bring out her whole self and tell the story of who she truly is.

Fully embracing vulnerability gives Nowak the strength to do so. She presents us with an experience where we are invited to question our own boundaries when it comes to self-reflection: “It is definitely not comfortable but it is necessary. I believe that is when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable that we plunge into our core. When we express our feelings, we exercise the ability to feel connected and we encounter tenderness and acceptance” says the Brazilian-born artist.

Nowak’s work positions vulnerability as fundamental for art making as she understands it “as the door that opens the path to joy, creativity, to our sense of belonging and to the most powerful sensation on Earth: Love.”

In Doorways to Poetry, Nowak also shares with us some of her most treasured landscape portraits, places that helped shape her path into her current reality. So many different characteristics come together to define someone’s identity. A translation of her identity into images is what Nowak’s invites to discover in this exhibition.

On view at Soho Photo Gallery 15, White Street, TriBeCa on August 11th at 6:30 pm

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