Alumna Rona Yefman 09’ Publishes New Monograph "Let it Bleed"

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The release party and book signing for Let It Bleed by visual artist and alumna, Rona Yefman ‘09 was last month. The book was published by Little Big Man Press.

Through the collection of formal images, performance snapshots and video stills, Let it Bleed chronicles the experience of two siblings’ symbiotic existence as collaborative artists. It depicts Yefman and her younger sibling, Gil, growing up as they rebel against conventional gender and familial roles.

Yefman started collecting the images as early as 1996. In an interview with Photo Book Store Magazine, Yefman says  “Both Gil and I found a sense of freedom through our mutual rebellion. We started using the camera to note the construction of our possible selves, inventing multiple identities, occupying a private world of fantastical possibilities where nothing could be fixed, certain, or judged. Through photography, we chronicled our mutual desire to transgress conventional norms.”

The most layered aspect of this project was between 2000-2008 when we meet Gil at 16 years old and follow the tenderly documented journey of Gil’s physical and emotional transformation from male to female, and her subsequent transformation back to become, in Gil’s own words, “beyond any gender”.

Rona Yefman’s work is geared toward bridging the gap between what we are and what we want to be. Yefman often collaborates with individuals that have formed a radical persona, documenting her relationship to them and exploring identity with photography, video, and text. Her practice reveals the humanity of her subjects, reinventing positive and complex notions of a customized conception of identity. She has had solo exhibitions at the SculptureCenter, New York, Participant, Inc., New York, and group exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Lombard Fried Projects, New York.

Although this is Yefman’s first published artist book she has self published a poster zine with similar work. She is currently working on her next book.

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