The title of local photographer Marie Emerson’s second solo show came to her courtesy of the 2016 presidential election. Emerson, working with her circle of friends, had already mounted a collaborative exhibition in June and July of 2017 titled After Hours at Femme Fatale, the D.C. creatives collective. That show had explored the participants’ lives outside their jobs, and early on, Emerson knew the next exhibition would be called During Hours. She then created the eventual title, enDuring Hours, after thinking about her and her collaborators’ emotional pain after the 2016 election. “We funneled our individual and collective hardships over these past couple of years through each photographic image,” Emerson says.
The images feature metaphorical expressions of the subjects’ states of mind, through yoga-like poses and corporeal interactions often captured in impromptu studio sessions. Emerson recalls a working mom once told her, “When home life is bad, at least you have work. When work is bad, at least you have home.” Now, though, she says, “all facets of our individual lives have been affected” by the politics of our time—and it shows in her work. The exhibition is on view to July 29 at Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave. NE. Free. shopkeepersgallery.com. (Louis Jacobson)