There’s a Crack in Everything

Beyond the various constructs of what it means to be Italian, the conventions of portraiture and the Italian ideal of
la Bella Figura, families discompose, revealing their dynamics. Individuals concede, betraying desires and insecurities.

Frustrated by the perfect image and it’s hermetic surface, I have taken these images at just the wrong moment.
I am looking for a disruption; ‘a crack that lets the light in’. Using flash and its blanket reveal, I attempt some form of objective democracy.
Yet, sitting between construction and documentary, as ever these images are highly controlled and constructed; My own nostalgias  brought to the fore.

This work pulls together strands from my previous work; mixing documentary with performance
and construction and experimenting with various levels of direction. Within this community, I became interested
in the tensions between public and private, formal and informal and in how these disparities relate to construction and accident
within photography; the perfect and the imperfect image.


Hay una grieta en todo

Mas allá de la variedad de acepciones respecto al significado de ser “Italiano”, las convenciones del arte del retrato
y el ideal italiano de la Bella Figura, las familias perturban, revelando sus dinámicas. Los individuos conceden,
traicionan deseos, inseguridades y nostalgias.

Frustrada por la imagen perfecta y su hermética superficie, he tomado estas imágenes justo en el momento equivocado.
Busco una alteración: “una grieta que deje entrar la luz”.

Este trabajo es sobre el fracaso; su fracaso al presentarse como ellos desean y el mío al conocer mas
de lo que me es revelado. Y sobre el fracaso de la perfección en si misma. Con el uso del flash y su abrumadora revelación intento
alguna forma de democracia objetiva. Aun sentada entre la construcción y lo documental, porque este trabajo está sumamente controlado y construido.

Este trabajo conecta con mi anterior proyecto, mezclando lo documental con la performance y la construcción y experimentando
con varios niveles de control y dirección. Específicamente dentro de esta comunidad, me ha llegado a interesar las tensiones entre
lo público y lo privado, lo formal y lo informal y cómo estas disparidades conectan con la construcción
y el accidente dentro de la fotografía; la imagen perfecta e imperfecta.


British (b 1978) Lives and works in London 
New Work, 511 Gallery, New York, USA
US Series, 511 Gallery, New York, USA
Watch Me, Lucy Levene & Alana Riley, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Montreal, Canada and 511 Gallery New York, USA
Club Series, Lydia Goldblatt & Lucy Levene, Photofusion, London, UK
Night Shift, solo exhibition at 511 Gallery, New York, USA
Exposure 2004, solo exhibition at the Hereford Photography Festival, UK
Lucy Levene: New Photographs, Miller/Geisler Gallery, New York, USA
Lucy Levene, Marrying In (Please God by You), The Collective gallery, Edinburgh, UK SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Facing Forward, The Forward Thinking Museum. Online exhibition curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer and William Ewing
Now: The Art of the 21st Century, Philips De Pury, London, UK
Kol Isiah, In Her Voice, EMET Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Fresh, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles, USA
Shine On, Smithfield Gallery, London, UK
Architecture, 511 Gallery, Lake Placid, USA
In Our World; New Photography in Britain, curated by Filippo Maggia,The Modena Museum, Italy
The Photographic Portrait Prize 2007, National Portrait Gallery, London
ReGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, Musée de l‘Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, La Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy, Aperture Gallery, New York, USA and the Pingyao festival, China, curated by William Ewing
Emerging International Photographers, Aftermodern, San Francisco, USA
Borderline, 44th Troya Art Festival, Canakkale, Turkey
The Delicate Triangle, Aftermodern, San Francisco, USA
Plug, Curator and participant, County Hall Gallery, London, UK
The Seven Deadly Sins, The Bienale Internationale de l’Image de Nancy, France
Focus On: New Photography, Norton Museum of Art, Miami, Florida, USA
Schweppes Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
Standing on the edge, curator and participant, Hiscox Arts Projects, London, UK
Auslander, Dahl Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland
Essen Arts Festival, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
The Festival Times 2003, Stills Gallery, EdinburghPRESS / PUBLICATIONS
Lucy Levene, Art News, New York, Rebecca Robertson, March 2011, p.113
Come & be my baby, 10×15, Issue #24, 2011, p.51-54
Lucy Levene, Studies in Photography 2009, Ray McKenzie, National Portrait Gallery of Edinburgh publication, p.60-63
Lucy Levene, In Our World; New Photography in Britain, Filippo Maggia, Skira Publication, July 2008, p.72-81
Come and be my baby, Adbusters; The Reconquest of Cool, Issue #76, March/April 2008
A Delicate Balance, The Examiner, San Francisco, Tiffany Martini, April 24th 2007
Lydia Goldblatt and Lucy Levene: Club Series, PLUK, Isabelle Shiavi, Nov/Dec 2005, p.36-37
Alone in Clubland, Metro, Rahui Verma, 26th September 2005, p.33
Lucy Levene; Dans Un Club Anglais, Paris Photo, 24th Aug 2005, p.14
Lucy Levene, Regeneration – 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson Publication, 2005, p.121-124
Nightcub Documentary Series, Portfolio Catalogue of Contemporary Photography in Britain, issue #41, p.76-77
Photography Club, The British Journal of Photography, Diane Smyth, March 2005, p.20-24
Pick Hit, The Village Voice, New York, December 2004
A Fresh New Crop, The Show, 2004 RCA, Blueprint Magazine, Ken Edwards, July 2004
Royal College of Art, the Show 2004, Hotshoe Magazine, Issue #130, June/July 2004, p.48-¬‐52
Lucy Levene, Contemporary Photography 2004 supplement, The Guardian, Charlotte Cotton, 29th May 2004, p.16-17
Swot Shots, Metro, Tim Ingham, 24th May 2004
Multiple Exposures, The Festival Times 2003 Catalogue, John Calcutt, p.8-10
Victim of a Split Personality, The Scotsman, Duncan MacMillan, 26th Aug 2003
Marrying In (Please God by You), Portfolio Catalogue of Contemporary Photography in Britain, Issue #34, p.54-55

The Royal College of Art, London, MA Photography, with distinction
Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Photography, First class honours

University of Portsmouth Visiting Lecturer, BA Photography Course
May 2009
Kol Isiah, In Her Voice, artist lecture and panel discussion, EMET Gallery, Montreal
March 2003
University of Portsmouth, visiting lecturer
Dec 2008
Artist Talk and panel discussion, The National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
March 2007
Visiting Lecturer, BA Photography, Suffolk College, Ipswich, UK
Aug 2006
PLUG, Exhibtion Co-curator/Co-organiser, County Hall Gallery, London
May 2006
Photo London, Panel discussion chaired by Olivier Richon, The Royal Academy, London
March 2006
Jewish Life in Germany, Guest Speaker, The London College of Communication, London, UK
May 2004
Preparing to Teach for Postgraduates, Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK
March 2004
Visiting Lecturer, BA Photography, Derby University, Derby, UK

Represented in the USA by the 511 Gallery, New York
The Progressive Corporation Cleveland, Ohio, USA
The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Hiscox Arts, London, UK