Monday, March 15, 2010

Telegraph features WHATEVER WAS SPLENDID

Telegraph (UK) features WHATEVER WAS SPLENDID: NEW AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHS, curated by Aaron Schuman. The feature closes with this powerful commentary:

As much as Evans’s precedent has provided both the inspiration and reinforcing framework for this exhibition, WHATEVER WAS SPLENDID is first and foremost the manifestation of the intelligence, ingenuity, and multiplicity of voices and visions that can be found within current US photographic practice. Yet consciously or not, all the photographers represented here have, in their own distinct ways, expanded upon many of the themes, strategies, clues, symbols, ‘certain sights, [and] certain relics of American civilization past or present’ first glimpsed in American Photographs. They all inherently possess a somewhat familiar ‘burrowing eye’, and share a determination to record, testify, and salvage what they can of their own precarious age for its survivors. And just like Evans, they have both reinvigorated American photography and redefined their country—conceptually, aesthetically, culturally, politically, historically, photographically, and so on—within very contemporary terms, celebrating both the United States and its photography, as Kirstein put it, ‘with all [its] clear, hideous and beautiful detail, [its] open insanity and pitiful grandeur.’

Please see the full feature: Whatever was splendid: New American Photographs

And a slide show of selected works from participating photographers: Whatever was splendid: slideshow

Aaron Schuman has kindly sent me shots of the installation of some of the work that I contributed to the exhibition.







7 comments:

Justin said...

looks great Tema, congrats!!

Tema said...

Thanks, Justin.

nina said...

congrats! Wonderful!!

mark said...

your photos look amazing...wish I could see the actual prints.

petebrook said...

Congratulations on reaching all the way across th'Atlantic, Tema!

Jane said...

Your prints were amazing and I'm so glad to be in such a great show with you. The opening was so packed and I heard some great comments on your work. I'll email you a few more snaps I took of the show next week. :)

Tema said...

Thanks, Jane. I really appreciate hearing this and look forward to seeing more pictures of the show.

And thanks to all above!