Karen Brett


Karen Brett

British artist Karen Brett delves into the sexual imaginary of the elderly in The Myth of Sexual Loss, a six- part photographic work presented as a solo exhibition at La Centrale – Powerhouse Gallery. Working to correct the misconception that aging diminishes sexuality, Brett advertised for photographic subjects who would be willing to fantasize before her camera, alone or with a partner. The results are beautiful, highly erotic, photographic tableaux. Brett’s title intentionally echoes Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a photographic portrait of sexuality as young and reckless. By contrast, the desiring bodies given to Brett’s camera carry the marks of experience and wisdom.

Karen Brett was born in Bristol, UK, in 1968. She graduated with honours in documentary photography at the University of Wales, Newport, and is currently completing a Master’s degree. Using both the still and the moving image, Brett explores issues related to mental health, domestic violence, and intimacy in the third age. Her aim is to express these private moments in a way that is moving and non-judgmental. Brett has also been involved with other aspects of health through commissioned work in hospitals. Her work has been published and exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and Italy. She lectures in Bristol and in Wales.

La Centrale, Galerie Powerhouse
4296 St. Laurent Blvd
(514) 871-0268
Karen Brett: The Myth of Sexual Loss
September 9, 2005 – October 9, 2005
Wednesday 12:00-6:00pm, Thursday & Friday 12:00-9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00-5:00pm
Opening Friday September 9, 2005  at 6:00pm, artist’s talk at 6:15pm

Karen Brett, from the series The Myth of Sexual Loss (2002). Courtesy of Ffotogallery Wales Limited