Fall and Folds
Vesna Pavlović’s Fall and Folds, her second solo exhibition at whitespace gallery, explores institutional archives of recovered slides. The artist collected many of the slides from several art history departments. Recognized for their brilliant color reproduction and groundbreaking presentation capability, photographic slides were fetishized by artists and educators, and widely used by amateurs. Recent years have seen slide technology and the equipment that supported it fall into obsolescence. Meanwhile, the way we share images have become instantaneous, and lost their physicality. Art historian Morna O’Neall writes, “ Pavlović’s work asks fundamental questions about how individuals relate to the photographic image and how this relationship changes when it is viewed communally through projection. In so doing, she challenges us to confront the biases that inform the telling of history—whether art’s history in the classroom or one’s own personal history in the vacation slideshow”.
The slide-related photographs and objects in the Fall and Folds exhibition reflect on the use of specific materials such as fabric in both art history, and the exhibition design. Within the exhibition setting, the materiality of obsolete objects comes forward, through the illumination and transparency of photographic slides.
In conjunction with the show, Vesna Pavlović is presenting the Community Slide Showevent at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Thursday, July 25th. This one-night performance features an open call to members of the community to bring, project, and share their personal collections of photographic slides in a gallery setting. The event features the artists Lisa Tuttle and Hannah Israel. The members of the Atlanta Photography Group and ExLucis, student run photography group at Georgia State University will contribute. Each projection offers a view to a personal history, with narratives as distinct as the individuals behind the pictures. Audience members are able to share their personal histories, as well as sort through and project slides available within the installation. For older audiences, these references to medium-specific sensory perceptions evoke nostalgia, and recollections associated with earlier modes of experiencing images. For younger audiences, they provide an introduction to the antiquated slide show experience. In this way, the eventexplores the history and cultural significance of the slide format.
Vesna Pavlović’s photographic projects examine the evolving relationship between memory in contemporary culture and the technologies of photographic image production. These representations include photographic archives and related artifacts, which she treats as material to produce new images and installations. She challenges traditional modes of photographic representation exploring the photographic image beyond its frame, traditional format, and the narrative. In addition to photographs, she works with projected images. Turning two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional space offers a way to expand the perception and experience of images in space. She transforms photographic images into objects, by way of their display, mounting, and placement in space.