Photographic Resource Center
Select exhibitions curated as guest curator.
Documents for an Imagined Future
May 7, 2022 – June 4, 2022 at Storefront Art Projects in collaboration with the Photographic Resource Center
Rooted in the both the past and present moments, photography is laden with heavy history and complex narratives that are both visible and invisible within its frames. Today’s stories will be understood by future generations in part through the photographic detritus of the present. But what happens when today’s artists create documents for a more just tomorrow? While grounded in the present moment, the photographs in Documents for an Imagined Future envision a futurity for individuals and the environments that house them.
DM Whitman’s images speak towards an ecological grief felt in the wake of impending climate catastrophe, while concretizing strategies to deal with the concurrent grief. Vanessa Leroy uses the nuance of the photographic image to uplift the narratives of marginalized individuals and imagine a more just future. With a nod towards the anteriority of the images, each both Whitman and Leroy use the photograph to refuse a posteriority devoid hope, offering the viewer a chance to imagine and create the world that lies ahead.
Locating Place: Selections from the PRC Holdings
December 23, 2019 – January 24, 2020 at the Photographic Resource Center
Meditating on landscape, Locating Place links together images from the PRC’s holdings.
Utilizing photography’s penchant for reflecting reality, these artists frame views that explore the intersection of people and places. Temporal meditations nod towards the photographic tradition of picturing the land while simultaneously revealing subtle manifestations of human presence. Some of the pictured places are human-altered while others are human-made. Others reveal coordinates that point towards the ethereal instead the grounded and create charged psychological spaces within which narratives unfold.
In the hands of these artists, the tradition of landscape photography is expanded. The photograph becomes more than just a document: it is a site of inquiry into the ever evolving relationship between people and the places they inhabit.
May 28, 2019 – August 11, 2019 at the Photographic Resource Center
Transmutations is an exhibit of six artists who deconstruct, manipulate and adorn photographs to foreground the centrality of human touch in the communication of photographic meaning.
Indexical abilities create the illusion that the photograph is an accurate record of the world. But as pictures pass from person to person, their meanings transpose: each individual brings their own set of information and assumptions to the image. Tracing what happens in this interchange, the six artists in Transmutations record performative gestures encoded into images.
Dell M. Hamilton
S. Billie Mandle
Courtney Nimura & Trevor Powers
Larry C. Volk