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What’s It Like? Looking at What It’s Like by Raegan Labat & Ronni Bourgeois
January 31, 2016 - February 12, 2016
Photo by Ronni Bourgeois
What’s It Like? Looking at What It’s Like
Raegan Labat & Ronni Bourgeois
Gallery 229 | January 31–February 12, 2016
This two-person exhibition explores generational concerns through representations of gender and romantic relationships.
Raegan Labat’s ongoing project seeks to redefine and broaden definitions of femininity and masculinity. Gender stereotypes are experienced through mass media including TV, movies, music and ads—venues that often showcase gender in narrow or exaggerated ways. In these photographs, Labat examines femininity and masculinity as demonstrated by individuals her age. These photographs are then juxtaposed with media images, including stills from movies and TV.
Ronni Bourgeois’s black-and-white photographs focus on romantic relationships and how they are interpreted by her generation. She attempts to capture the tenderness, tentativeness, comfort, and awkwardness that these relationships contain through portraits of couples with attention toward their body language. A companion series consists of strangers paired together and prompted to act as if they are in a relationship. Together, the photos raise questions about sincerity and intimacy.
Raegan Labat is a junior in the LSU School of Art, with an emphasis in photography. Ronni Bourgeois is a senior in the LSU School of Art with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in photography.