SHIFTING THE POLITICAL: PORTRAITS OF POWER
curated by Ariel Shanberg
November 1 – December 21, 2004
The five artists assembled in this exhibition examine and reveal power in under-represented locations.
By doing so, they provide a dialogue on representations of power in and through the medium of photography. Power comes in many shapes and sizes. Along with being recognized in attributes such as wealth, authority, knowledge, athletic excellence, and self-determination, power is found in representation. To be depicted is a way of being empowered as is determining who and/or what is to be represented. An image’s ability to represent or frame a historical/social memory, and to define a person, place, or time is an enormous power. Though the emergence of photography democratized representation to a degree, it has continued to propagate visual tropes of other visual art practices. As we find ourselves in an era where the controls over how and what is represented have increased simultaneous to the democratization of image publishing and distribution created by the Internet, the discussion of locations of power and the politics of representation are most pertinent.
-Ariel Shanberg, 2004
Ariel Shanberg has served as the Executive Director of CPW since 2003.