From 20th October to 23rd January 2016, Galerie des Galeries hosts American artist Alex Prager for her first solo exhibition in France. On this occasion, the photographer and filmmaker will present some of her most recent works, including her latest film.
Alex Prager is known for intricately staged works that draw on the drama of the Golden Age of Hollywood films to explore uncanny elements of today’s individual and social life. Los Angeles, where she was born, has been a huge source of inspiration in her work, both in terms of subjectmatter – fantasy, isolation, tribulation – and in the way she utilizes the movie industry in order to create her films and photographs. Prager draws inspiration from the cinematic work of Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel and the art of such photographers as William Eggleston or Enrique Metinides, but also frequently cites the major influence her unconventional education has had on her own artistic practice, which combines the use of bold colors, unexpected angles and dramatic lighting.
Prager’s work has been exhibited throughout the world, including at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014); the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington (2013) and the FOAM Photography Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012). Additionally, her works are included in the collection of several major museums including The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
In 2010, only three years after her first solo exhibit Polyester, Prager was selected for MoMA’s prestigious New Photography exhibition. Since then, Prager’s presence on the international art scene has been growing steadily. In 2012, she was recognized with the FOAM’s Paul Huf Award, as well as with an Emmy Award for her film series “Touch of Evil”, commissioned by The New York Times Magazine and featuring 13 renowned actors including Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close. At only 36, Alex Prager is hailed as one of the most promising artists of her generation.