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Humorous Self-Portraits Defy the 10 Commandments

Anna_Friemoth_03You Shall Not Take The Lord’s Name In Vain

Anna_Friemoth_06You Shall Not Kill

For 10 Commandments, New York City-based photographer Anna Friemoth transforms herself into a well-rounded sinner, violating one biblical decree for each meticulously constructed frame. Placing the ancient subject within a modern context, Friemoth continues in the vein of great female self-portraitists like Cindy Sherman while maintaining her own distinctive aesthetic. Throughout the work, she is at once the same person and ten individual persons, each with her own mischievous desires.

Instead of obscuring her identity, playing the role of these headstrong vixens affords the artist deeper insight into her own vision, granting her total control over the composition of each image. Here, we see contemporary character tropes emerge within a set of commandments recorded thousands of years ago: the diva, the party animal, the fashionista. Though implicated in various wrongdoings, our heroine is unfailingly witty and endearing, and in this delightfully flamboyant time capsule, we recognize the devious souls of our modern era, for better or for worse.

Anna_Friemoth_02You Shall Not Make For Yourself Any Graven Image

Anna_Friemoth_04 Keep The Sabbath Day Holy

Anna_Friemoth_05Honor Your Father And Mother

Anna_Friemoth_07You Shall Not Commit Adultery

Anna_Friemoth_01You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me

Anna_Friemoth_08You Shall Not Steal

Anna_Friemoth_09You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor

Anna_Friemoth_10You Shall Not Covet

  • Albin

    Enjoyable. I still like the King James translation the best: receiving a divine “commandment” is not just being bossed around.