Triple Canopy is pleased to present Lines of Sight, a public reading of passages from fiction that describe photography explicitly, as a subject, or adopt photographic strategies of framing, staging, or manipulation. Readers will include Michele Abeles, Alejandro Cesarco, Nancy Davenport, Moyra Davey, Michael Famighetti, Daniel Gordon, and Dan Torop, introduced by Triple Canopy’s Hannah Whitaker.
Photography is often characterized by its suspension between sets of oppositional pairs: image and object, expression and documentation, icon and index, art and technology. A fictionalized photography frees the medium from the most contentious of these oppositions—fact and fiction. When encountered in fiction, a photograph may shift from this state of suspension to instrument of the author. "The Swabian was a grotesque double of Archimboldi, his twin, the negative image of a developed photograph that keeps looming larger" (Roberto Bolaño, 2666). How does photography participate in the act of mythologizing? How are photographic methods interpreted and employed in literature? "Many times, just before falling asleep, I’ve remembered my family, as if putting my eye to a small hole and blinking to light them up in the back yard of my house" (Felisberto Hernández, Just Before Falling Asleep). What kinds of characters are photographers? "When I told my husband I hated him, we hadn’t been married long at all. It was when he was taking my picture with his new camera" (Lorrie Moore, Anagrams).
Michele Abeles lives and works in New York. Her work has appeared in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; White Columns, New York, MoMA PS1 as well as "ReMap3" in Athens. She received an MFA in photography from Yale University (2007) and a Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts grant (2010). In April of 2013 she will present her second solo exhibition at 47 Canal, New York.
Alejandro Cesarco's work is currently on display at the São Paulo Biennial and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna. His solo exhibition “Words Applied to Wounds” opens November 15, 2012, at Murray Guy, New York.
Nancy Davenport is an artist living in New York. Her work has been shown at a number of galleries and museums including Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY, the Liverpool Biennial, São Paulo Biennial. She recently opened a permanent installation at the Military History Museum in Dresden.
Moyra Davey lives in New York City. Her work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial 2012, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Michael Famighetti is an editor and writer. He's currently working on a relaunch and redesign of Aperture magazine. He has edited numerous photography books, including volumes by William Christenberry, Robert Adams, John Divola, Jonas Bendiksen, and a series based on the website Tiny Vices. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum, Aperture, and OjodePez, among other publications. Famighetti has degrees from Bard College and Columbia University, where he has also taught. He has served as a judge for the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Awards and has been a guest reviewer and speaker at many international photography festivals and institutions, including the Bamako Biennial; Krakow PhotoMonth; GuatePhoto; Rhubarb Rhubarb, Birmingham, U.K.; Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense; and Fotografiska, Stockholm.
Daniel Gordon received a bachelor of arts from Bard College in 2004 and an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2006. He has exhibited his photographs in solo exhibitions at Wallspace, Zach Feuer Gallery, and Leo Koenig Inc. in New York City and Claudia Groeflin Gallery in Zurich. He has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the CCS Museum at Bard College, and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, and in 2010 his work was featured in Greater New York at MoMA PS1. Gordon is the author of Portrait Studio (onestar press, 2009) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Dan Torop works with lenses, film, paper, words, vehicles, and computer languages. His “Alkali Desert” is on view at The Center For Land Use Interpretation's Wendover Exhibit Hall One.