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Rachel Lena Esterline @ Benrubi Gallery

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Rachel Lena Esterline: Heaven is a Strip Club
September 14 – November 10, 2018

“Rachel has spent the last five years documenting women who are sex workers. In 2013, she entered a strip club on a freelance gig where she was hired to take marketing photos of the entertainers. Up until that point, Rachel had been conditioned by her father – a Christian pastor to only understand strippers as downtrodden women with few prospects. Almost immediately, her feelings of shame and sadness morphed into feelings of admiration and respect for these women as pillars of strength in charge of their own destiny. Over the course of five years, Rachel has built lasting relationships with each subject, attending college graduations, baby showers and art openings with women she now calls her sisters. Through the medium of photography, Rachel seeks to shatter stereotypes and works to lift the deadly stigma surrounding sex work. Disinterested in the salacious and superficial, her ethereal portrayals of women are unapologetically beautiful celebrations of women who take off their clothes for a living.”

Benrubi Gallery
521 West 26th Street, Floor 2


Also published on Medium.


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