Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Certificates of Presence: Vivian Maier, Livija Patikne, J. Lindemann; also, Winter Chapel by Ashley Morgan
January 17 – March 8, 2014
Opening Reception: Gallery Night, Friday, January 17, 6 to 9 p.m.
Portrait Society Gallery is pleased to present the work of three photographers who have each, in their own way, used the camera to define and defy a sense of social isolation. Vivian Maier was a street photographer in Chicago. Livija Patikne lived in Milwaukee and created a small body of floral still lives and self-portraits. J. Lindemann, is an accomplished Wisconsin based photographer who is known for her collaborative work with J. Shimon.
This exhibition presents internationally known photographer Vivian Maier for the first time in Wisconsin. Focusing on the camera as a tool of agency and self-validation, each of these photographers used the camera as means of exploring their worlds, as well as solidifying and defining their place in it. The camera provided a strong definition of existence (a “certificate of presence,” to quote Roland Barthes) in contrast to each artist’s unique condition of isolation and disenfranchisement.
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment
Debra Brehmer, Director