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Exhibition: Past IntimaciesSep 09–Oct 22, 2011


In the six artists’ works in Intimacies the camera is an active agent in the creation of social events, not just a recording instrument in the hands of an autonomous documentarian. The primarily photographic and video works, some of which include painting and sculptural elements, focus on charged interpersonal encounters. Beyond serving as indices of such encounters, the included artworks reveal the reconfigured effects of such exchanges, disclosing the complexity of authorship, agency, and viewership in today’s world.

To contextualize the contemporary works within the heritage of the camera as a social mechanism, the exhibition is accompanied by photographs by Sally Mann, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Nicholas Nixon, and Carrie Mae Weems. Supplementary material for and by the UIC graduate seminar led by John Neff (also titled “Intimacies”) is available in the same companion room.

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Elijah Burgher/Tom Daws, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Desirée Holman, Leigh Ledare, Laurel Nakadate, and Michael Sirianni.