Susan Meiselas and Alfredo Jaar
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
Join Aperture for a special evening of conversation between photojournalist Susan Meiselas and artist Alfredo Jaar. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and is renowned for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her widely-published documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Jaar emigrated from Chile at the height of Pinochet’s military dictatorship in 1981. His installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects bear powerful witness to military conflicts, imbalances of power, and political corruption.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 11th:
521 West 26th St
On view until 11/8
For Alejandra Laviada, Mexico City is more than her birthplace and home. The abandoned buildings and transitional aura of the sprawling capital city also serve as the inspiration and starting point of her original and inventive constructed still life photographs.
These photographs – exquisitely crafted large color prints – consist of elegant sculptural installations created on site from the everyday objects that Laviada finds in old and dilapidated buildings in Mexico City. The objects are mundane – dried out paint cans, old wheels, brooms, broken chairs, letters from old signage – but in Laviada’s hands each construction is both an elegant exercise in creatinga three dimensional work and a two dimensional record of pieces of history that are about to vanish while a new history is created. In Laviada’s own words her work “explores the shifting relationship between photography and sculpture, whereby ordinary objects are stripped of their traditional function and perceived differently”. On numerous levels, the works are about a reconciliation of past and future, classicism and modernism.
I saw Alejandra’s work at the Kathy Ryan exhibit at NY Photo Fest, she and Roger Ballen were the standouts to me, so I am not surprised she is having her NY gallery debut.