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ANGELA STRASSHEIM, photography
C.S.I. meets Billy Graham in the domestic scenes of Angela Strassheim, 36, who was raised in a born-again Christian household in Minnesota. For her 2005 Marvelli Gallery solo called “Left Behind” (after the Evangelical book series), Strassheim shot family and friends in suspenseful, deliberative moments—a girl sprawled in a Christ-like pose on her canopy bed, a father combing the hair of his hollow-eyed son as they dress for church, even her grandmother in a coffin. Some scenes are staged, others (like the grandmother) real. “I was photographing in the morgue, and photographing a lot at home, and slowly finding a relationship between the two,” says Strassheim, who used to record autopsies for New York City. While at Yale in 2001, she helped with the caseload after 9/11. “None of the other students in art school wanted to see those pictures,” she recalls.


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