Victory Canner, 2013
Alex Tsocanos is a Brooklyn-based artist. She received her MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2013. She received her BA in Anthropology Through the Visual Arts from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2007.
When our societal framework seems increasingly fragile, how do we as individuals and as a society deal with the pending change? Exploring the pedagogical tools of power and empowerment, I look at radical and mainstream forms of resistance and self-sufficiency to re-visualize self-determination through the lens of feminism and the contemporary American experience. Recognizing the power of the image, I examine how photography can be used as a call to action – to expose, alter, and inspire how we think about and look at the world. Through projects such as Rebels and Revolutionaries, I use humor and satire to explore western society’s romanticization and fetishization of the rebel while paying homage to dissenting voices and turbulent moments of the past and present. By appropriating the semiotics of rebellion and propaganda, I ask what it takes to re-imagine one’s world and be a true revolutionary today.