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Getty Museum presents Narrative Interventions in Photography

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Narrative Interventions in Photography, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, October 25, 2011–March 11, 2012, presents three contemporary artists whose work explores the concept of narrative, the subjectivity of storytelling, and the revision of history. Instead of recounting a straightforward story, artists Eileen Cowin, Carrie Mae Weems and Simryn Gill each use a combination of text and imagery to create works that play with the notion that narratives can be implied, real, or rewritten. Narrative Interventions in Photography includes 34 objects primarily drawn from the Getty’s collection, including several recent gifts and acquisitions, along with a few select loans from local collections. The exhibition contains images that are intimate and shocking, puzzling and poignant. Each artist expresses a new narrative by altering literary objects in their works, either by mutilating books, i