An Photographic Exploration of Heterotopia: Diane Arbus

By: Lara

Diane Arbus, A box of ten photographs (portfolio of 10)

When I First read Foucault’s Of Other Spaces, the work of Diane Arbus immediately sprang to mind. Arbus was famous for photographing people in society’s margins in the New York/New Jersey area until she died in 1971. Often time people she photographed were part of fringe communes as well as circuses and nudist camps.

The idea of spaces that remain all spaces, or create the illusion of all spaces, yet remain exclusionary to the general public seemed to follow a lot of the subjects of Arbus’s work. The idea of an isolated space is one of public isolation. A concept that continues to be explored as these works continue to be publicly analyzed in galleries and museums today.



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