Tag Archives: Nature And Culture

Katie Shapiro

Spring is in the air and Katie Shapiro has lept into April taking no prisioners. Her work seems to be everywhere this month with exhibitions including, In Proximity, curated by Miles Coolidge, at the Ann Gallery running through April 28th, she is on the walls at the Photography Now 2012 Exhibition jurored by Natasha Egan at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and is part of an exhibition that kicks off MOPLA (The Month of Photography in Los Angeles), Pro’jekt LA (Part1): Progress and Regress. LPV Magazine featured her work in Issue #2, and an interview accompanies the work.


from Apart/Together

Katie lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts and her work investigates the territories that surround her, always inspired by what is held deep within her subjects. Katie recently shared a new project (Pilgrimage) with me, and needless to say, I’m a big fan. The simplicity of the concept of is smart and perfectly executed.


From Portraits

In Pilgrimage, I employ the codes of performance-based self-portraiture to depict myself and my partner, a native Texan, in National Parks from the Channel Islands to Big Bend. We become progressively more cowboy-like as we approach Texas. I have staged these double portraits in U.S. National Parks in an effort to bring an often idealized and taken-for-granted history into the present. The New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s great social welfare program, included expansion of the National Parks systems through the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, the Parks offer the classic American sanctuary, but with the looming threat of closures and budgetary cuts, they also evidence a country in distress. Taking cues from sources as varied as Cindy Sherman’s film stills and Ansel Adams’ exploration of the West, my work seeks a synthesis of nature and culture, tempering deeply felt emotions with self-conscious irony.

New! Sanna Kannisto Video

In this clip, Finnish photographer Sanna Kannisto speaks about her experience working with biologists in the rainforests of Latin America and the different series’ she developed in the exhibition and accompanying monograph, Fieldwork.

This edited excerpt is from the artist talk with Jason Houston, picture editor of Orion magazine which took place on Monday, April 25, 2011 at Aperture Gallery.

The photographs in Fieldwork explores the dialectics of nature and culture in both artistic and scientific contexts. Since 1997, Kannisto has spent several months per year living alongside biologists in the rainforests of Latin America. Adopting elements of her companions’ scientific methods, she developed her own form of visual research, extending her depictions of flora and fauna beyond the confines of the natural sciences.

View the talk in full here:

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

The exhibition Fieldwork is currently on view at Aperture through June 23.

Click here to purchase the book of the exhibition Fieldwork.

Click here to purchase the limited-Edition Portfolio by Sanna Kannisto.

Aperture Gallery Presents: Fieldwork: Sanna Kannisto

 

Aperture Foundation is proud to present Fieldwork photographs by Sanna Kannisto, exploring the dialectics of nature and culture in both artistic and scientific contexts. Since 1997, Kannisto has spent several months per year living alongside biologists in the rainforests of Latin America. Adopting elements of her companions’ scientific methods, she developed her own form of visual research, extending her depictions of flora and fauna beyond the confines of the natural sciences. A new book of the same title by Aperture accompanies the exhibition.

A portfolio of images titled Sanna Kannisto: Act of Flying is now also available.

Breaking away from the conventions of nature photography, which typically presents specimens in isolation, devoid of context, Kannisto’s work addresses the acts of staging and image-making. Her photographs, with their biologically correct titles, show not only the breathtaking beauty of her subjects, but also the tools used to achieve the would-be image at center—the black drapes, the difficult “neutral” lighting rig, the seamless white background. Signs of a scientifically standardized process—graph paper, rulers, and test field markings—are also included, appearing strangely out of place amid the lush green foliage of the rainforest.

The core practice of the natural sciences is to collect in order to inspect closely in the service of public knowledge. Collecting implies taming and containment, traits shared to some extent by photography. With her gentle humor, Kannisto recognizes and utilizes the constraints of science and art alike, investigating the concept of truth in photography to challenge how we view and “know” the natural world.

An artist talk and book signing will take place on Monday, April 25, 6:30 pm.

Fieldwork was made possible, in part, with generous support from the Finnish National Council for Photographic Art. Additional support for the exhibition was provided by FRAME (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange) and the Consulate General of Finland.

 

Thursday, April 21, 2011
6:00–8:00 pm

FREE

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street
4th Floor
New York, New York