The Worth Ryder Art Gallery Presents:
Wednesday, April 16th – Saturday, April 26th, 2014
116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Open Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 16th, 4 – 7 pm
Featuring the student artists of Allan deSouza’s Advanced Photography class, including:
Alexandra Nicole Solis-Sison
Ella Tianshu Wang
In her 1977 essay collection “On Photography” Susan Sontag suggests that painting and prose offer a “narrowly selective interpretation,” while photography functions as a “narrowly selective transparency.” Like any other medium, photography may be narrow and selective, but its transparency seems to provide a verifiable truth, or at least evidence of something that existed.
This exhibition utilizes photography in a variety of ways but proceeds from the “double take,” a second look that further complicates Sontag’s observation of photography as transparent, that seems to self-evidently provide a window onto the world. The artists in the exhibition are “taking” photographs, but also performing a doubling action. Their second look is one that re-views, re-photographs, re-configures, re-invents an already existing image or text; something that exists because it has been selected by a previous artist, photographer, poet, cartoonist, or by public usage or even by government institutions.
In performing this double take, the artists in the exhibition make apparent photography’s function as a visual language, one that is inherited, learned and re-invented. “To photograph,” as Sontag again reminds us, “is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge–and therefore, like power.” For a gallery within an art department within a university, this placing of the self in a certain relation to knowledge and power feels much like the role of education in general, and not just of photography.
– Allan deSouza