An exhibition that has been in the works for several months is opening on March 1 at the Fort Worth Community Art Center in Fort Worth, TX. The Haunted Archive is an exhibition of post-photography, curated by me and featuring photographs, paintings, collages and installations by eight artists, based nationally and in DFW.
This exhibition explores the vernacular family photograph as a visual, emotional and social topos. A group of artists working in the mediums of photography, collage, painting, sculpture and installation take on a variety of approaches to family snapshots and portraits. They rework them to poke, provoke and establish a dialog with the original vernacular images; they mine a past reality in which the photographic evidence of existence is a haunted, living and reacting archive of memories. The exhibition comes from the understanding that, even after family photographs have been taken, printed and arranged in a material system of visual record keeping, the reality they have captured is a burgeoning repository that continues to evolve in the minds of those it is intended for: its viewers.
Through the interpretation by artists, the exhibition offers an understanding of the vernacular family photograph as an aesthetic entity and emotional attachment. It gives a glimpse into today’s heightened popularity of an object that is ironically losing ground in its mass production. Its goal is to offer a new interpretation of the aesthetic and social value of the family picture and show the tension through which it is viewed now.
Full information can be found on the website: https://www.fwcac.com/news/the-haunted-archive-curated-by-ellie-ivanova.
Fort Worth Community Art Center
Opening reception: Friday, March 1, 2019, 6-9PM
Spring Gallery Night: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 6-9PM
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM