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10 July 2014

Vik Muniz, Album

Album presents two new bodies of work – the eponymous Album series as well as Postcards from Nowhere. Muniz continues to explore the contemporary fragmented visual experience, with an increased emphasis on nostalgia and the materiality of photography. The Album series utilizes found personal photographs collected by Muniz over a number of years. The images composed are of familiar scenes that may be found in family photo albums. These images reflect intimate yet universal narratives. With the proliferation of inexpensive cameras in the late 20th century, and by the ease and speed of digital documentation in more recent years, such images have become more common and less precious. Album questions the implications of these shifts in technology and image-making, and their impact on community, collective experience, and memory. Postcards from Nowhere is similarly concerned with issues of loss and the dissemination of images. The Postcards depict lost or drastically changed popular destinations—the Twin Towers in the New York Financial District, a once-luxurious beach in Beirut—that have been affected by technology as well as violence.

Exhibition produced with support from Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York and Xippas Galleries.

Prints by Cyclope, Paris. Framing by Deuxième oeil, Paris.

Exhibition venue: église des Trinitaires, Rencontres d’Arles 2014.