“A smart conceptual retort to the hoary stereotype of lesbian bed death, Carland’s photographs of one of the places where women share their lives (and their bodies) with other women also make clear the political stakes of representing even the most quotidian objects.
At the same time, there is nothing in or about the photographs that signifies ‘lesbian’. Indeed, it is the very banality of the images’ content, the very familiarity of the scene that is repeatedly depicted in Lesbian Beds that makes them so immediately relatable. And yet to uncouple these photographs from the title which brackets them would be to disregard the difference the entire series makes visible. This sometimes uneasy mix of representational politics and sentimental attachment to objects is at the core of Carland’s work.”