Sunday, 30 September 2012

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life . New York International Center of Photography 14/09-06/01/2013

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life September 14th until 6th of January 2013

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life is a photographic exhibition examining the legacy of the apartheid system and how it penetrated even the most mundane aspects of social existence in South Africa, from housing, public amenities, and transportation to education, tourism, religion, and businesses. Complex, vivid, evocative, and dramatic, it includes nearly 500 photographs, films, books, magazines, newspapers, and assorted archival documents and covers more than 60 years of powerful photographic and visual production that forms part of the historical record of South Africa. Several photographic strategies, from documentary to reportage, social documentary to the photo essay, were each adopted to examine the effects and after-effects of apartheid's political, social, economic, and cultural legacy. Curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, the exhibition proposes a complex understanding of photography and the aesthetic power of the documentary form and honors the exceptional achievement of South African photographers.

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The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world's leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. ICP was founded in 1974 by Cornell Capa (1918–2008) as a tribute to his brother, legendary war photographer Robert Capa. Since our founding, we have presented more than 500 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers can connect to create, understand, and experience photography and where students, educators, and researchers can take advantage of our comprehensive resources and extensive collections.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

"Default Landscapes" Photography Exhibition of Giorgis Gerolimpos in Athens Gallery 29/-7/11/2012

For three years now anger has been alternating with grief, shame with fear ,while the horror of imminent disaster leaves us empty, staring into a void. For the past three years all conversations seem to have revolved around numbers and percentages, financial terms, acronyms in foreign languages, safe and unsafe liabilities, sustainable and unsustainable conditions, deals, accords, treaties, and so on.

Each and every one of us watches events unfold, silently, in front of the TV screen.

Yet, every day, even if for just a moment, something breaks through the harsh skin created by the fall and manages to penetrate deeper, bringing a little warmth to the day. It is something different for each of us: a friend’s concern, a pat on the back at work, solidarity and affection between partners. We long for intimacy in our private world, we take courage from our common destiny.

Way before we were told that Selective Default stands for financial bankruptcy, we were familiar with the term return to default settings. When something ceased to function, the only thing to do was to go back to basics, to return to what was essential.

The landscapes presented in the exhibition are portraits of a country under constant stress, faced with both financial and moral collapse. At the same time, they represent a return to the basic qualities that make this country what it is. They are my day and night, the reality I experience and the dream I hope for.

These landscapes are the country I, too, helped to bring to its knees - and the country I too need to rebuild from the beginning.

This is my country. I intend to stay.

Exhibition Opening: Saturday, September 29th (12:00 - 16:00)
Exhibition Duration: September 29th – November 7th, 2012
Visiting Hours: Wednesday - Friday 14:00-20:00, Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

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