The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago is pleased to present Archive State, an exhibition featuring six contemporary artists who use found photographic materials and videos to investigate significant political and economic transitions specific to particular places—the waning epicenter of the twentieth-century American auto industry, China’s burgeoning capital city after the Cultural Revolution, young American soldiers in a war zone in Iraq, an oppressive East German state during the Cold War, and the activities of Arab youth on the eve of the Arab Spring. Whether the artists collect discarded photographs, work with state-run archives, or create montages of videos posted to the internet, they all appropriate selected imagery and edit the original context with their personal observations. Playing with histories, both public and private, Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese, Simon Menner, David Oresick, Thomas Sauvin, and Akram Zaatari complicate issues of authorship and original intent.
WHEN: January 20 – April 6, 2014
WHERE: The Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave.
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