Alex Prager is a photographer and filmmaker whose elaborate sets and complex staging draw on a rich cultural heritage of cinematic style, informed by street photography, to produce work that is unerringly memorable. At once temporal and timeless, bright but shadowed, Prager’s images exist within a hyperreal world, deeply rooted in the eerie undertones of Los Angeles, where the line between reality and fiction is blurred.
Prager’s critically acclaimed work is introduced here, spanning a decade of photographic work and five films. This collection of carefully curated photographs is complemented by an in-depth interview by Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle, Switzerland, and discursive essays by Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Michael Mansfield, executive director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine, and Clare Grafik, senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
Alex Prager is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work can be found in major international collections, including Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.