Bailey Contemporary Arts will present an exhibition of photographs on Sleeping Beauty

The Bailey Contemporary Arts Center will present Sleeping Beauty, an exhibition by renowned photographer Lydia Panas. Using large-format photography and video, Panas presents viewers with women and girls in classic poses of vulnerability, while capturing their true, powerful essence. This acclaimed exhibition integrates the viewer as a participant in a way that is both fascinating and thought-provoking. The Opening Reception is Friday, January 7, 2022, during Old Town Untapped, from 6-10 p.m. An artist talk and book signing will take place on Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m. and the exhibition will continue until March 22, 2022. For more information, www.pompanobeacharts.org

“Sleeping Beauty inspires viewers to engage with the women and girls in the photographs in an interactive way that challenges our preconceptions about femininity,” said Phyllis Korab, Director of Cultural Affairs. “Lydia’s photos showcase the power and beauty of real women in these mesmerizing portraits, leading us to question the unrealistic ‘filtered’ images we encounter daily.”

Critics and curators praised the work for Panas’ artistic and technical mastery, and all noted and reviewed the powerfully touching gaze of his subjects. In Sleeping Beauty her subjects are reclining, a metaphor for the position in which girls and women have historically been placed. But they watch with self-awareness, in a way that implies a lack of complicity.

“While my subjects are actually turning their gaze towards me, it’s like sometimes I’m turning the camera towards me, both in the present and in time,” she said. “My current work centers on the internal conflicts and challenges women face in a world struggling to embrace their power. Countering stereotypes of the docile woman, the women in my photographs and videos challenge the viewer with a direct gaze , serious and without complicity. The cumulative effect echoes the complex feelings of vulnerability, conflict and anger in all of us, resulting in a disconcerting connection between subject and viewer.”

Panas’ work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries in the United States and around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Palm Springs Art Museum, Allentown Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. in Chicago, among others. His work has also appeared in numerous media such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice and French Photo.

During the Artist Talk on February 3, Panas will be signing copies of her book, Sleeping Beauty, which features the photos from the exhibition.

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center is located at 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach, Florida

The exhibition is free and open to the public:

Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |

Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Tracey L. Sweeney