In the series “O.P.P.,” which stand for “Other People’s Photography,” Heather Oelklaus weaves together found photographs from US Army wives’ gatherings and Hollywood film stills to reconstruct new narratives. The entwined images survey stereotypical and nostalgic notions.
“The simple act of dismantling these midcentury stereotypes in order to reconstruct them in a distorted manner is the driving inspiration for this series,” writes Oelklaus in her artist statement. “These sophisticated slices of history illustrate an era of inclusion while leaving the viewer to compare present day relationships.”
“O.P.P.,” which is currently exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, was conceived in 2014. The ongoing series continues to evolve as the political and social environment changes.
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