beck klausman
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Be Good.
"First, your parents, they give you life, but then they try to give you their life."
–Chuck Palahniuk (Invisible Monsters)

This work explores the experience of oppression and inevitable understanding as a result of pressures and expectations from a typical Jewish mother. I derive great influence from my own life, family, and my connection with the Jewish community and culture. I pose myself as the stand-in for each photograph to further the idea of self-deprecating Jewish humor; poking fun at myself and at a situation that without humor would yield devastating ends. Many images embody the stereotypical Jewish mother’s ideals and worst-case scenarios for their children. Other photographs show a reluctant resolution and compromise that unavoidably defines many mother-daughter relationships. Within a Jewish community, accomplishments of a child reflect heavily on a mother’s ability to parent. Excellence is the only option. In such an absurd environment, the only survival tactics are to indulge these exaggerated expectations or to laugh.


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