Artists: Liz Johnson Artur, James Barnor, Kwame Brathwaite, David Hartt, Zoe Leonard, Christopher Williams
Venue: David Nolan, New York
Exhibition Title: This Synthetic Moment
Curated by: David Hartt
Date: January 18 — March 10, 2018
Liz Johnson Artur, excerpt of Untitled, 2016, digital video, 19 minutes 35 seconds; © Black Balloon Archive/Liz Johnson Artur
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images and video courtesy of the artists and David Nolan, New York.
A picture of one woman looking at another, a portrait of a man holding a camera, a portrait of several women in a schoolyard, a picture of a dancer recumbent, and a picture of several ships.
A crisis of borders, a fold in time, a rupture in space. An assertion of gradience.
I was having a hard time describing how I was feeling and then Thomas said “synthetic” and it stuck in my mind. I wanted something porous, a polymeric structure where the voice, agency, geography, and temporality of others collude to produce a more compelling version of the world. Brixton, Los Angeles, Accra, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, etc., spinning a new distributed off-axis center.
I was having a hard time describing what I was seeing. So I’ll show you instead. Pictures of power and pride and grief and desire and confusion and community and celebration and abandonment and of a wandering itinerant solitude.
I want to hold all of these things together in this synthetic moment.
The exhibition brings together a disparate group of artists who use photography almost as a will to power, an assertion of their own positionality. A compound description of the world as vast and contingent.
—David Hartt, 2017