Jesus and the Apostle’s Last Night Out
Perry Stella O'Toole
What would happen if Jesus and the Apostles were all women? How would that shift the narrative surrounding Catholic beliefs?
The great iconographic traditions of the Catholic church are often glorified, idolized, and made to be sacred. These traditions are extremely pervasive in Western Culture, and often shape our perception of the events described in the biblical stories. What would happen if many of these defining images and icons weren't treated so preciously? This project is an exploration of that traditional iconography but twisted, staged in a contemporary setting as a series of photographs using all female models to play the major biblical figures. Young women appropriate these traditional sacred symbols in order to take command of their place in a church that so often alienates them.
On view at Stamps Gallery
This work is featured as part of Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performances, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.