From Katy Cowan’s article for Creative Boom:
In her latest series, The Silence of Spaces, New York photographer Lissa Rivera explores the inescapable connections between religious faith, gender, and body.
The photographs are set in an isolated religious building 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 school, an “alternative” medicine resort, and the centre of an evangelical ministry dedicated to promoting sexual purity for adolescent girls.
Lissa’s portraits of herself and her partner BJ build on her previous series, Beautiful Boy, an investigation of feminine imagery from across the history of photography and cinema.