The New Orleans Museum of Art premiers new work by photographer Josephine Sacabo (American, b. 1944).
Josephine Sacabo: Salutations, a series of wet collodion tintypes, will be on view at NOMA from January 23 – April 5, 2015.
In Salutations, Sacabo combines collaged and distorted photographic images with a wet collodion on metal process to create a world that is barely recognizable as such, hovering like a memory or a dream in the space between the concrete and the ineffable. Throughout the work, half-materialized visions of certain elements appear and reappear—an apple, a bird, a window, the female form—as if to suggest some kind of narrative is buried under the layers of fractured representation. But the project as a whole resists linear reading, and instead concerns itself with establishing an enigmatic set of conditions—loss, solitude, melancholy, nostalgia, etc. In other words, rather than tell any particular story, these works set the stage for a number of potential stories that hinge upon broader concepts. In balancing on the threshold between the real and the surreal, these images favor the poetic over the prosaic and the symbolic over the literal.
As a side note, there are still a few Josephine Sacabo Collectors Club prints available through PhotoNOLA.