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The Convent Series

February 13, 1999 - March 21, 1999


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Year 1999 Theme Feminisms, Gender & Sexuality, Photography

Clara Gutsche’s austerely beautiful photographs document an aspect of Québec society that is rapidly disappearing: its communities of religious women. A Montréal-based photographer, Gutsche gathered her images by living alongside the nuns in their convents. The photographs were taken with a large-format camera and are grouped in series of silver and chromogenic prints, many as large as 28″ x 36″. The formal, staged appearance of the images is in part an outcome of the technical apparatus, and in part a reflection of the subjects’ preferred mode of self-presentation.