Not-so-tiny bub­bles

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

At 6 p.m. on Mon­day, Oct. 4, Cal­i­for­nia pho­tog­ra­pher and filmmaker Lau­ren Green­field dis­cusses her work, in­clud­ing her re­cent cov­er­age of the fi­nan­cial dis­in­te­gra­tion in Dubai, the Arab emi­rate that saw phe­nom­e­nal eco­nomic growth dur­ing the past few decades, fu­eled by its oil in­dus­try. In Dubai, rather than fo­cus­ing on the gleam­ing ar­ti­facts of its wealth — of “six years of im­pos­si­ble lux­ury,” as it’s de­scribed in a state­ment at Green­field’s web­site — she shows the re­sults of pro­foundly un­sus­tain­able growth. Her pho­to­graphs are sim­ply stun­ning.

Green­field is prob­a­bly best known for her Girl Cul­ture project. She spent five years on it, dis­cov­er­ing, as she told NPR, that “to be pop­u­lar you had to be blonde and thin and wear clothes from one of three stores.” The work cul­mi­nated in the 2002 pub­li­ca­tion of the book Girl Cul­ture. She then im­mersed her­self in the world of a Florida treat­ment cen­ter for eat­ing dis­or­ders, which re­sulted in a 2006 book and an award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film, both ti­tled Thin.

Ad­mis­sion is $10, $5 for stu­dents and se­niors. The event takes place at Tip­ton Hall on the cam­pus of the Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 424-5050.

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