The Vacationers

Rasiel begins her most recent photographic exploration from the balcony of a resort hotel in Miami Beach. Looking down onto the temporary inhabitants of this highly constructed and designed environment, we get the sense that they are figurines in a dollhouse made by and for adults. Playing into the implicit voyeurism that is built into their surrounding architecture, the subjects seem to perform being on vacation, rather than enjoying it. At least that’s how it looks from the viewer’s perspective, safely tucked into the balcony, situated in the threshold between private and public space. From this angle, Rasiel avails us to the habits, inclinations, and oddities of those who vacation. Disregarding the horizon as a grounding agent, the photographs are visually destabilizing, but nonetheless playful. They highlight the unusual regularity and repetition of a resort layout, punctuated by listless, floating bodies, revealing that even in our ‘free’ time, we are bound to the structure of the grid.

Rachel Steinberg, Director Soho20 Gallery, exerpt from press release for exhibition, The Vacationers

Rasiel begins her most recent photographic exploration from the balcony of a resort hotel in Miami Beach. Looking down onto the temporary inhabitants of this highly constructed and designed environment, we get the sense that they are figurines in a dollhouse made by and for adults. Playing into the implicit voyeurism that is built into their surrounding architecture, the subjects seem to perform being on vacation, rather than enjoying it. At least that’s how it looks from the viewer’s perspective, safely tucked into the balcony, situated in the threshold between private and public space. From this angle, Rasiel avails us to the habits, inclinations, and oddities of those who vacation. Disregarding the horizon as a grounding agent, the photographs are visually destabilizing, but nonetheless playful. They highlight the unusual regularity and repetition of a resort layout, punctuated by listless, floating bodies, revealing that even in our ‘free’ time, we are bound to the structure of the grid.

Rachel Steinberg, Director Soho20 Gallery, exerpt from press release for exhibition, The Vacationers

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