September 1 2011
New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) up coming New Photography exhibition features six emerging photographers. The exhibition features contemporary work from artists where photography as an essential part of their artistic expression.
The MoMA New Photography exhibition shows the photographic creative process is much more than simply technical competency in initially taking the photo.
“Whether using analog forms of communication like Moyra Davey, the documentary approach of George Georgiou, conventions of portraiture like Deana Lawson, web-based images like Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen’s self-reflective analysis, or an appropriative practice like Zhang Dali, each of the artists in New Photography 2011 has his or her own individual means of addressing issues relevant to the world today,” said organizer Dan Leers.
Moyra Davey’s mail out technique involves folding printed photographs into an envelope shape and mailing them to friends. Then Davey recovers the photographs and uses them in pinned-up grids. The stamps and addresses from their postal journey form part of the story of the photograph. These details show that photos are for sharing and communicating.
Doug Rickard photographs Google Street View scenes on his computer screen. Rickard uses the Google reproductions to create coherent themes in a photographic essay. Rickard favours photos illustrating the effects of unemployment, crime, drug use, and areas lacking educational opportunities.
Zhang Dali shows the existence of photographic manipulation in support of Mao Tse Tung’s regime in China. This reminds us that there is nothing new in spin doctors and digital manipulation in Photoshop as this was all film based.
George Georgiou’s work documents modern Turkey and the struggle between the old traditions and the new as Turkey moves towards joining 21st century Europe.
Deana Lawson uses portraits to explore personal relationships in the context of their environments. Lawson’s approach to portraiture involves her subjects becoming part of her extended family.
Viviane Sassen’s surreal African photographs invites viewers into her r dreams and memories of a Dutch girl growing up in Kenya.
The New Photography 2011 exhibition runs from September 28, 2011 to January 16, 2012
The Robert and Joyce Menschel Gallery, third floor.
The Museum of Modern Art | 11 West 53 Street | New York, NY 10019