A Salty Salute / Rain Gauge / Made of Smokeless Fire / Cant Stop Staring
Elliott Stokes / Lily Brooks / Camille Farrah Lenain / Dani Leal
December 10, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Opening: Saturday, Dec 10, 6-10 pm
A Salty Salute
A Salty Salute is a mixed-media installation using various photographic processes which document the aftermath of past industrial and extraction actions. The effects of these actions are captured in states of patinas, residues, and grainy film, where time is still in flux. Images shift beyond recognition, illuminating the distance between action and consequence. As images lose their coherence, we can’t but feel how we are also lost under a system of our own making.
Rain Gauge includes recent photographs from Brooks’ series We Have to Count the Clouds (2011-present). This ongoing work examines our relationship to both daily weather and climate change, seeking visible traces of proof in seemingly-distant spaces: in the rituals of scientific observation, in the surfaces of an altered landscape, on the human body itself. Through gesture and mark-making, these photographs consider the ways we both intimately know and willfully abstract our delicate relationship to the natural world.
Made Of Smokeless Fire
Artist: Camille Farrah Lenain
Artist Website: https://camillelenain.com/
“Made Of Smokeless Fire” is an exploration of LGBTQIA+ identities within Muslim culture in France. Camille Farrah Lenain started this project as an homage to her uncle Farid who passed away in 2013. Without having the ability to speak with him, the French-Algerian photographer turned towards other people carrying these plural identities, often underrepresented and misunderstood. With a soft and empathetic approach, Camille Farrah Lenain aims to deconstruct these stereotypes through a series of portraits and personal testimonies.
Can’t Stop Staring
IG: @danileal__ (two underscores)
Can’t Stop Staring is a collection of bridges. I stare at people, places, and things, as I would a to-do list, hoping that in doing so, there will be a magical shift in time. I photograph as a way to be nearer to something, despite often being able to simply reach out and touch. I photograph where I would like to be, or when I see myself in places that surprise me. And then I stare at them some more, to understand how I got there.