Anthology: Somewhere Not Here


Anthology: Somewhere Not Here

Curated by Tommy Kha

Crosstown Arts | 422 N. Cleveland | Memphis | crosstownarts.org

DatesAugust 19-September 17, 2016
Opening ReceptionFriday, August 196-9 pm
Gallery HoursTuesday-Saturday10 am – 6pm
Related EventA Real Imitation book signing, Saturday, August 20, 4 pm more
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Crosstown Arts is pleased to present Anthology: Somewhere Not Here, an exhibition of photography and video curated by New York/Memphis-based artist Tommy Kha.

Anthology collects images by an array of contemporary photographers sharing a common process instead of specific genre or subject. The works are informed by the acts of their journeys—seeking, feeling, and finding through passages of time and place.  

Featured artists include Pao Houa Her, Manal Abu-Shaheen, Johanna Case-Hofmeister, Jen Davis, Curran Hatleberg, Ka-Man Tse, Pixy Liao, Joel W. Fisher, Dru Donovan, Michael Marcelle, Farah Al Qasimi, Sara Maria Salamone, Justine Kurland, Ryan James MacFarland, Shane Lavalette, Rory Mulligan, Hannah Price, Nelson Chan, and Lilly McElroy.

Learn more about the artists here.

From the curator

Life is not about significant details, illuminated a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.
-Susan Sontag

Somewhere Not Here brings together a diverse group of contemporary photographers. Rather than relying on a particular theme, the selected artists and works are connected through a hunting and gathering gesture in picture making.

The pictures, intentionally printed in small format to reference drug store prints and postcards, vary in subject matter and genre. They share and borrow languages such as landscape, the open road, picture as document, and street photography.

The photographers are nomadic, always in search of images that are elusive and not always present, not easily hunted.

Curran Hatleberg and Justine Kurland actively travel the American Road, while Manal Abu-Shaheen seeks her subjects in further places, crossing vast oceans to photograph in her home country.

Often, the way home is the source of the artists’ images. Ka-man Tse presents a picture of the personal journey, of her wife and Tse’s parents sharing a meal together in the same frame. Lilly McElroy’s video, Hopeful Romantic, reflects another aspect of artist’s performative nature—a performed Lilly McElroy. The video is edited to Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” as she drives from Maine to California.

Some respond on impulse, referencing modes of transport, manifested as a sort of muse—a sitter for the camera. At times, these modes become a temporary studio space for Pixy Liao, as she travels back to China with her boyfriend, Moro Magario.

Others respond to constraints. Hannah Price’s pictures may take cues from Oulipo, a French literary movement, where she actively makes photographs “during a time people consider to be the most menacing; during the dark nights and of those who blend in with it. At night, I roam the streets looking for subjects of this type.”

The rest could be seen as collections of the world seen in passing—the gathered.

About Tommy Kha
Tommy Kha (b. 1988, Memphis, Tennessee) received his BFA in Photography from Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. His work has been published in Modern Painters, Humble Arts, Slate, the Huffington Post, Blouin ArtInfo, BUTT Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Miranda July’s “We Think Alone” and exhibited at Deli Gallery, Ryerson Artspace, Georgia Scherman Projects, Aperture, Signal Gallery, ALLGOLD at MoMA PS1 Printshop, Johalla ProAjects, Yongkang Lu Art, and Kunstverein Wolfsburg. He was an artist-in-residence through the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Light Work. Recently, Kha published his first monograph, A Real Imitation, through Aint-Bad Magazine. He currently lives and works in New York City and Memphis.

About Crosstown Arts
Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. We provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences.


Images: 
Dru Donavan, "Untitled," 2014
Johanna Case Hofmeister, "After the Assassination," 2016
Manal Abu-Shaheen, "View From Hotel Window," 2016
Pixy Liao, "Untitled," 2011

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