Finally finished my new installation The Deep Empty, 2014, created from pages of National Geographic Magazine.
Part of the exhibition Distant Images, Local Positions at EFA Project Space, NYC.
January 24 - March 8, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, January 24, 6:00-8:00pm
Artists: Haseeb Ahmed and Daniel Baird, Hasan Elahi, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Regina Mamou, Mary Mattingly, Trevor Paglen, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Scott Patrick Wiener
Curated by: Wafaa Bilal
What controls geography? Photographs, ultimately and they do so without neutrality. Our understanding of geography from afar is constructed in a fragmented and subjective way, via photographic imagery. This gives the impression of closeness, but the illusion alienates both the place being seen and the viewer. As a result, we become complacent in the universe of appearances, comforted by the knowledge that what is depicted is now known. But the camera can only show us an apparition, not an actual place. Both the technology and the resulting images are mobile–shot and sent out through various media so that the represented geographies are totally unstable, despite our culture’s desperation to fix them as fact to paper, screens, and the like. Using technological imagery as their point of departure, the artists here propose unstable positions that question and subvert the photographic construction of visual power.