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AMY JORGENSEN

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

February 8 – March 18, 2017

Amy Jorgensen’s series Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue addresses the continuing relevance of the women’s rights movement since its inception in 19th century England to its robust manifestations today. 18 images of English suffragettes rendered in cyanotype prints, an early 19th-century photographic process instantly recognizable for its brilliant cobalt blue color, are transferred onto vintage handkerchiefs, exploring themes of femininity, oppression, and the construction of female identity.

Initially drawn to this topic while studying her own lineage, Amy Jorgensen first came into contact with these images while researching her great aunt, Edna Berg, an impassioned suffragette from New York. Unearthed in 2003 from the national archive in London, these photographs were the result of a discrete surveillance operation undertaken by the Scotland Yard following a string of national scandals… more