Danielle Spires Photography
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SLAUGHTERHAUS

Lenticular fine art photo series by Danielle Spires focusing on chronically ill women living in a patriarchal world that doesn't understand their disability, and the impersonal nature of hospitals. 

 

SLAUGHTERHAUS

“Slaughterhaus” is a new series based off of my personal experiences with a debilitating illness that led to frequent surgeries, and the comfort I was able to find in my bedroom. I showcased women who tend to take solace in their bedrooms, away from the traumas and tribulations of daily life. 

 
 
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Each lenticular print features a portrait of a woman in her bedroom juxtaposed with a still life photo of discarded slaughterhouse meat. The stark contrast of serenity with beautifully staged yet grotesque slaughterhouse meat encapsulates life with a disability; often suffering is married with creature comforts. This contrast also illustrates the impersonal nature of hospitalizations while patients are stripped of their independence. 


 

The focus of my work generally revolves around the unease and isolation a woman feels living with a chronic health condition in a deeply patriarchal society that often misunderstands life with a disability. 

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I strive to showcase suffering; after all, it is something we will all endure. I use both film and digital photography along with alternative printing processes to give a subtle nod to advertising printing practices from my childhood such as lenticular printing. 

This series will be shown at Hive Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles in July, 2018. Previously, it has been shown in a solo show at LA County Store and in a group show at Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, California.  Prints for purchase are available here. For more information on this series and gallery booking info, please contact spires.danielle@gmail.com