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Nadia Lee Cohen displays surreal dreamscapes in her first exhibition


TextBenedetta Melini

The photographer, filmmaker and Dazed Beauty contributor debuts her first solo show, Not A Retrospective, this weekend

Photographer and filmmaker Nadia Lee Cohen won our hearts with her glamorous, retro-inspired yet disquieting imagery, and now the self-portrait queen is debuting her first solo exhibition.

Not A Retrospective”, opens today at La Térmica gallery in Malaga. Featuring over fifty photographs and four films, the show documents Lee Cohen’s over-saturated world full of veiled provocations and film references where the mundane and the macabre merge almost to the point of excess.

With an aesthetic that draws from David Lynch’s twisted Americana, John Waters’ profane camp and Cindy Sherman’s uncanny transformations, the Los Angeles-based artist has made a name for herself working with brands such as Miu Miu, Adidas and MAC Cosmetics, and creating surreal music videos and short films with celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Danny Trejo, A$AP Rocky, Brooke Candy and Tyler, The Creator.

Last year, the British artist played dress-up in a series of self-portraits for Dazed Beauty showcasing herself as different fabricated characters inspired by name tags she collected over the years. She told Dazed Beauty: "My friends say my eyes light up when an unusual looking person enters the room; I’m basically just re-creating my favourite characters."

Not A Retrospective opens at La Térmica and runs until May 12. Entry is free.

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