Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Walead Beshty
By using dated, passé, or quasi-extinct stylistic devices, subject matter, and technologies, much contemporary photography and video embodies a melancholic longing for an otherwise unrecuperable past. Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance documents this obsession, examining myriad ways photographic imagery is incorporated into recent practice, and in the process underscores the unique power of reproductive media. On the occasion of the exhibition, select artists featured in Haunted discuss the themes of their work. Curators introduce the programs and receptions, including an exhibition viewing, with the artists follow.
In 2001, Walead Beshty (b. 1976, London) began a project documenting
the abandoned Iraqi diplomatic mission in former East Berlin. In his
own words, the site represented “a relic of two bygone regimes,
unclaimable by any nation; a physical location marooned between
symbolic shifts in global politics.” When exposure marks were
furthermore left by airport x-ray machines on Beshty’s camera film, the
artist realized the new set of ghostly traces on the images constituted
the “core dialectic” of his investigation—a tension between what once
was and what remains in the photographic artifact.
The Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund Conversations with Contemporary Artists
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