Collier Schorr was born in New York City in 1963. As part of the heady New York art world of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Schorr’s early work mined the vernacular of postmodernism to create photographs that toe the line between documentary and fiction. Often using her subjects allegorically, Schorr’s work navigates the auspices of identity politics to ask beguiling questions about the nomenclature of selfhood. By introducing autobiographical referents and post-appropriation aesthetics into her practice, Schorr’s ongoing body of work negotiates the fluid nature of authorship and performance in relation to portraiture. ‘8 Women,’ her most recent exhibition at 303 Gallery, incorporated elements of Schorr’s editorial and fashion work into her artistic dialogue, unpacking the subjective natures of objecthood and representation. Over the past year, Schorr has been adapting Chantal Akerman’s film, 'Je Tu Il Elle' (1975), into a ballet performance.
Schorr has exhibited her work internationally at prestigious venues that include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; LUMA Foundation, Arles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; Le Consortium, Dijon; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Consorcio Salamanca, Spain. Six monographs of Schorr’s recent bodies of work have been published by MACK, United Kingdom. Collier Schorr attended New York’s School of Visual Arts, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.