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To Feel Authentic

To Feel Authentic

Curated by Akemi Hiatt

While the process and practice of photography has many pluralities, one can increasingly observe a recent incarnation of the form which directs a self-reflexive gaze at the mode of production behind image-making.

To Feel Authentic looks at the myriad issues surrounding the “surface tension” increasingly apparent in the politics of contemporary photographic representation. This practice encourages the viewer away from what one might describe as passive, “window-like” viewing and into an arguably more self-reflexive “mirror-like” viewing. By creating work around the re-use or re-appropriation of existing imagery, Mark Lyon, Chad Kleitsch, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya each address a contemporary concern with simulacra and deploy a visual language which investigates the simulation of depth in photographs. Their images playfully subvert the ideal of “truth” or “reality” often ascribed to camera-generated images and attempt to define the aesthetic relationship we have with the role of art and imagery in postmodern society.

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"Isolation", curated by Alex Myers, 2012

Isolation

Isolation

Curated by Alex Myers

In photography, the concept of isolation has many faces.

How alone can a subject be, for instance, when there is a photographer there, directing and making images? Furthermore, when the viewer is introduced to the image, the nature of the seclusion changes; it is observable. Here we have three photographs made by three women photographers. Though each image displays a woman in solitude, the context and implications of their isolations are vastly different.

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Natural Inquisition

Natural Inquisition

Curated by Ellis Marksohn

We pretend we are not animals.

We apply deodorant, wax our legs, remove our wrinkles through and medical procedures, drive our cars to get just about anywhere, and go to sleep in our constructed shelters. The immeasurable urbanization of the past century has changed how we engage with the natural world. These three works from CPW’s Permanent Print Collection – Lucas Foglia’s photograph Acorn with Possum Stew, Phil Underdown’s Grassland #204, and Diane Meyer’s Under Western Skies – address this evolving dynamic in different ways.

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