SEPT 4 – Intern-awesom-nal Center of Photography

   I have heard of the International Center of Photography, many times. But during the two times I visited New York, I never had the time to go, weirdly enough. You know what they say, Third time’s a charm! And it was, during my third visit I visited it. And boy was it something. It felt good to be in a cultural centre when you are in a neighborhood ( Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street) surrounded by extremely banal and superficial things (Times Square, NY souvenir gift shops…)
   The exhibition that was on display was A Different Kind of Order, focusing on the currently widespread economic, social and political instability. It included the works of 28 international artists who refer to photography, film, video and interactive media. 
   I’ll share with you some of my favorite work (I linked the artists to their website if you are curious):

Paleis Noordeinde, Den Haag – Dutch Landscapes, 2011
50x56cm (edition of 6) & 80x90cm (edition of 3), archival pigment prints
When Google introduced its free satellite imagery, the whole world became accessible and visible to pretty much anyone, Governments were worried about this over-exposure since it meant that anyone could inspect their political, economic and military locations and that put national security at stake. The technique of hiding/blocking varies from country to country. The most articulated censorship was by the Dutch. The Dutch method of censorship is notable for its stylistic intervention compared to other countries; imposing bold, multi-coloured polygons over sites rather than the subtler and more standard techniques employed in other countries.  

Bagram, 2010
Huma Bhabha
Ink on color photo

Preface to the third edition Commentary I, 2012
Walid Raad
Archival colour inkjet print

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse
Pontecity is a 54 flight skyscraper built in 1976, in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the apartheid, many gangs moved into this building, which made it extremely unsafe. Today, this building is a symbol of the post-apartheid struggles. The two photographers took pictures of every window, every door and every TV screen of each room. 

Pad scans, 2011
Andrea Longacre-White

Drowning World

Photo Storytelling, &details
Diorama Maps: Jerusalem
  • September 2012 – January 2013
  • Light jet print
  • 1800×2101 mm
Diorama Maps: Manhattan
  • February – July 2006
  • Light jet print
  • 1720×1338 mm
For this project, the Nishino took over 5 000 photographs in B&W of different items in the city (people, monuments…) and reconstructed the city based on these photographs; you don’t end up with an exact replica of the city, but you get the gitts of it. 

Andrew and Taurin Drinking Raw Goat’s Milk, Tennessee 2009

 Jasmine, Hannah and Vicki Picking Jewelweed, Tennessee 2007
Scarecrow, Tennessee 2008

Pixie and Kyd’s Duet, Falling Leaves Rendezvous, Georgia 2007

   After being shut away from the outside world for a couple of hours, I had to go get some fresh air. A (new) place where you can do that in New York, is the High Line. It’s public park, but unlike Central Park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s (Lower) West Side. So not only do you have a pretty cool view of the city, the buildings, but you can enjoy different activities along the path. There’s food of course: fast food, coffee shops and People and Pops, one of my favorite desserts in that city. I gave in to the temptation and got myself a delicious Roasted Plum and Cherry ice pop. 

Wet floor for people to goof around, cool off…

… Stairs where people chill, eat, enjoy the view…

… Seats that emerge from the ground…

Sketch of myself eating my ice pop

   Later in the night, a bunch of friends and I went to the Comedy Cellar. Tip #1 have a reservation. Trust me. We did, it saved us a lot of trouble and waiting around. It’s totally worth it. We watched 5 performers and one very funny mic. They mainly discussed everyday matters, racial, social and political topics. Good laugh, highly recommend you.

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