The discomforts of intimacy
Laurel Nakadate videos enthrall and sadden
Critic Cate McQuaid reviews exhibits at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, including Laurel Nakadate: Say You Love Me. In her videos, Nakadate ventures where others may fear to tread: into the homes of strange, awkward, older men who try to pick her up in grocery stores and parking lots. Her exhibit at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard is riveting, but also raw and hard to watch, as she explores the dynamics of intimacy and power in relationships.