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by Olivia Locher
I Fought the Law is a collection of 50 photographs breaking an eccentric law from each of the 50 States of the Union. This project introduced Olivia Locher's first New York solo exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery in connection with the launch of the publication of her first monograph, Olivia Locher: I Fought the Law (Chronicle Books, September 2017). The photographs are acts of civil disobedience. Though the images give these statutes a satirical spin, the project raises a more serious point about politics and social conventions. It points to the hundreds of decisions big and small made every year by local and state lawmakers. We are forced to ask who decides what is decent, to whom do the standard’s apply, and how are they enforced?