visuals created for Cecilia's one woman show, entitled, "THE KNIFE CUTS BOTH WAYS" july 24-26 @ dixon place theater. styling and makeup by gogo graham


SERENA JARA X CECILIA GENTILI

The Knife Cuts Both Ways



FULL PDF OF 'THE KNIFE CUTS BOTH WAYS' ZINE



“I would rather be here with you than anywhere else in the world. You, all of you here and everywhere, gave me this award tonight. And I accept it from you and only you. I love all of you. Now please forgive me, good night.”


-Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest




My images of artist, activist, and advocate Cecilia Gentili create loose narratives inspired by our relationship. Drawing inspiration from celluloid glamour and seductiveness, The Knife Cuts Both Ways describes our ongoing dialogue as a series of dramatized scenes. As a traditional storyteller, Cecilia recounts chapters of her life in a darkly humorous tone for audiences in NYC. Her stories inspired me to imagine scenarios of intimacy and suspense where she embodied an emblematic persona. Our artistic collaborations also led me to produce a self-published text, one that combines transcriptions of Cecilia’s traditional storytelling with found photos and my own photography. 


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