Light in Wartime
Allan de Souza » Ziyah Gafić » Rula Halawani » Seba Kurtis » An-My Lê » David Levinthal » Richard Mosse » Jo Ractliffe » & others
Exhibition: 7 Jun – 28 Jul 2018
Wed 6 Jun 18:00
291 Church Street
NY 10013 New York
Light in Wartime brings together photographers whose works shed new light on war, both forensically and symbolically. In a world so hounded by images of war, many of the photographers featured in Light in Wartime challenge the conventions and limitations of traditional reportage, underlining the tensions between art, fiction, and photojournalism.
Photography in this exhibition is utilized to address themes of displacement, war, and the silent stories of the aftermath of conflict.
The works explore the gap between understanding wars as historical happenings, and their fictionalized representations in the entertainment world, political realm, and collective consciousness. This exhibition offers new ways of looking at conflict by turning the apparatus of photography and various apparatuses of war (such as heartbeat detectors, x-ray machines, sniper holes, and infrared film) upon themselves, to create photographs that act as metaphors.
Drawing from experimental photographic processes, the works in this show engage with the remnants and vestiges of warscapes in order to illuminate hidden truths and bring forth the presence of absence. Questions are raised about the reliability of historical accounts such as news and photographs, which significantly determine how war is transmitted, understood, and remembered. The viewer is forced to step back and reconsider how the images around us construct reality. Light in Wartime was selected through apexart’s Open Call.
Special thanks to Christophe Guye Galerie; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; and Talwar Gallery | New York/New Delhi.