LA Roller Girls
Community, identity, tradition, and ritual. I’m interested in the ways that people form their identities through the community they are a part of to create culture. I care about life and its celebration, and I see these through the spaces people make for themselves, the rituals and traditions with which they engage, and the selves they present to the world.
I have always looked for the place in between fantasy and reality in my work, and roller-skating exists in that place; it’s a hobby whose popularity peaked in the 70's and there’s a romance in its movement. I created mostly staged photographs, halting the physical movement of roller-skating to suspend them momentarily in a candy-colored dream. By shooting them on the boardwalk in and around the Venice Beach boardwalk, I wanted to comment on their intrinsic and chosen relationship to their environment and place through play with color and light. In each dream however, is a slight reminder of reality: graffiti on a tree, faded advertisements, the dark roots of bleached-blonde hair. In that in-between place, however, is joy, and creating, accepting, and celebrating joy is a bold and necessary move in 2018. It’s this push and pull that interests me most and where I find meaning.
About the Artist
Lauren Silberman lives and works in New York City. She received her MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies and her BA in Art History from Barnard College. She is currently a faculty member at the International Center of Photography. Lauren has completed residencies with A-Z West (Joshua Tree, California, 2018 and 2016), ArtGarda (Italy, 2015), Mana Contemporary (New Jersey, 2015), the Camera Club of New York (NYC, 2012), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program (2009) and was a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has performed at Location One, Deitch Projects and 3rd Ward, as well as the several underground events and venues that have provided inspiration for her work. Lauren also devotes time to curating shows; her recent projects include A Rose is a Rose is A Rose, It was a Pleasure to Burn featuring JoKarlins at the SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW 2017and Doppelnamer, included in the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in 2016. She has been featured in PDN’s photo annual as emerging talent and exhibited in New York and abroad. Some of Lauren’s clients include The New Yorker, NYLON Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Vice, Details Magazine, Bust Magazine, Brooklyn Industries and her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine.