"Jen Davis: New Photographs" art show review 

By making herself a subject of her own photography, Brooklyn-based Jen Davis challenges a social norm that mostly values photos of obese people as "before" pictures on The Biggest Loser and the like. But confrontation isn't all that's going on in "Untitled No. 20," in which you see a 20-something Davis in her underwear, alone, an arm raised to her head, her gaze pointed downward. When taken together, her self-portraits form a narrative tinged with loneliness and eroticism. But in her series of photographs of men, something else is going on; you can see her lens dissolve the distance between herself and her subjects. In "Shahin, Somerville, MA." a shirtless man, staring directly into the camera, claws his hairy chest as if making a sexual advance. Davis is a photographer on the cutting edge in terms of her process -- digitally scanning her most recent film photography -- as well as subject matter, overcoming her insecurities about body image to deliver an impressive body of work. Through July 25; 317-634-6622, www.indymoca.org.

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