Wild Things: Disrupting the Photographic Archive
CEPA Gallery Exhibition, November – December 2019
Opening Reception Friday, November 1st, 5:30 - 8PM
Curated by Robert Hirsch
Nir Evron, Dreyfus Méliès-La Dictee Du Bordereau, Star Film 206, 1899, 2014, BW inkjet print, 18X24cm, Framed 40X50cm
Wild Things: Disrupting the Photographic Archive explores the polarity between the mechanical realism of the camera and chance expressionism of time, nature, and the maker’s hand that liberates images from their literalness and launches them into unexpected territory. The project delves into the slipperiness of photographic realism by offering visual evidence of how the malleability of photographic processes can change an image’s meaning.
This exhibition features nineteen international artists hailing from Canada, England, Germany, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States whose photographic-based images disrupt a strict literal interpretation into a fresh metaphorical discourse. Hence, images made for one purpose take on a different significance, connoting how a photograph is more than it denotes. It posits that a photograph
can be an active shapeshifting process that continuously evolves rather than simply a fixed document of what once happened in the past.
This project examines our society’s post-fact dilemma by recognizing that “truth” is a contested and illusive objective. The past is constantly revised according to the attitudes of the present. This breakdown in the old agreements about certainty is the new reality; explained in terms of conflicting and often incompatible narratives.
In the age of Fake News, conspiracy hoaxes, and misinformation, people need to see and understand how our society’s ideas of truth are transitory and are the product of an argument and agreement. In these works, the relationship between an artist and a viewer is to offer a transformed understanding about what is authentic.
These artists wrestle with the ontological status of things by provoking an examination of what we collectively agree exists and how meaning fluctuates over time. Collectively, their works proclaim there are boundless ways for one to photographically imagine our world.