Linda Troeller: Orgasm
December 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Opening & book signing: Saturday, Dec 13, 6-9pm
Orgasm: Photographs and Interviews is a Daylight book and exhibition that involves participation of 25 women of different ages, nationalities, and cultural and social backgrounds who share intimate stories about their own sexual experiences independently and with partners. Marion Schneider interviewed the subjects and Linda Troeller photographed them afterward. The focus on young women’s first experiences is groundbreaking. The project’s website continues the dialogue on issues of personal liberty www.orgasmproject.info
“There are very few people who, in our pornified society, can visually capture and eroticize the female and feminine body without objectifying it. In her photographs, Linda Troeller captures the confidence, strength, and power in women’s erotic lives. And she does so without the usual trite and cliché images of feminine vulnerability and modesty and without the masculine gaze. Linda Troeller’s subjects, the women she photographs, come alive in her work as just that. Desiring and desirable subjects rather than sexual objects.”
Mimi Schippers, Associate Professor and Director Women’s Studies Program, Tulane University
Linda Troeller is an award-winning photographer known for books including Chelsea Hotel: An Artist’s Memoir, Erotic Lives of Women, Scalo, and has been published by Aperture with her Pictures of the Year awarding winning book, Healing Waters, and by powerHouse Books for Spa Journeys. Troeller’s photographs are in the collections of the University of Texas, Austin; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Smithsonian Museum; among other venues. She exhibited Self-Portrayal, a collection of self-portraits, at Ververs Gallery, Amsterdam, and won an IPA Award in 2009 and 2014 for “Self-Portraiture.” A documentary on her photography, “Inside the Frame: Linda Troeller”, will be released Dec 1, 2014 by Canadian filmmaker, Jeff McKay.
Marion Schneider is a scholar, ethnographer, and co-author, along with photographer Linda Troeller, of the acclaimed 1998 volume The Erotic Lives of Women. In the 1980’s, Schneider interviewed Balthasar Ehret, the leader of the resistance movement against the building of a nuclear power plant in Wyhl that started the environmental/green movement in Germany. Her interviews with Ehret will be published in 2015 by Metropol Verlag, Berlin. Her book of poetry and prose and a book about Thuringian culture and history will also be published in 2015, both by Groessenwahn Verlag, Frankfurt.