Lissa Rivera writes:
“‘The Silence of Spaces’ is a personal reckoning with the inescapable connections between religious faith, gender, and the body. The series is set in an isolated religious complex that has been home to multiple belief systems, with layers of history as palpable as its peeling layers of paint. Constructed as a male-only Catholic seminary, it has also been, at various times, a public junior high, an ‘alternative’ medicine resort, and the center of an evangelical ministry dedicated to promoting sexual purity for adolescent girls. The project’s portraits of myself and my partner BJ build on my previous series ‘Beautiful Boy,’ an investigation of feminine imagery from across the history of photography and cinema. Set in a series of ambiguous, often charged spaces that betray a multiplicity of pasts, the photographs explore the tension between the inherent shame that surrounds the feminine body in our culture, the literal deification of masculinity that frequently accompanies it, and the beauty and surprising androgyny of much religious imagery.”

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