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.