NEW YORK, NY.-
An exhibition featuring works by 14 photographers will open July 22. It will remain on view at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
through August 18, 2010. The show is curated by Fred Ritchin, Associate Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Bodies in Question considers the ways bodies are newly placed into question as humans become virtual and are under constantly increasing surveillance. The show looks at a crucial crossroads in human consciousness and survival, a moment when new forms of media are powerfully emerging as much of the planet struggles to advance. The artists and image-makers comprising Bodies in Question--residing in Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Korea and the United States--comment on these transformations in media and society, and on the identities and struggles of people who may be left behind.
A major element of Bodies in Question is the first U.S. exhibition of Marc Garanger's controversial 1960 portraits of Algerian women, taken under French Army orders for French identity cards given to Algerians during their mid-20th Century War of Independence. Femme algérienne portraits, which he took as a French combat photographer, shows the women without their veils. Garanger forced the women to show their faces in public, often for the first time, turning an act of cultural imperialism into a raw depiction of beauty and sublime dignity. Garanger returned to Algeria four decades later to foster a discussion within the same communities around these photographs.
Artists in the exhibition are Benjamin Busch, Robbie Cooper, Luc Courchesne, Raphaël Dallaporta, Tina Enghoff, Marc Garanger, Jessica Ingram, Alexandre Maubert, James Pomerantz, Joseph Rodriguez, Linn Underhill, Deborah Willis, Michael Wolf and Lim Young Kyun.