David Benjamin Sherry
Awoiska van der Molen
Organized by Petra Bibeau
Works in Handless Operative explore the photograph as an object of agency through viewership. Through this identification exists the distance between what is being presented and what we accept as being portrayed, what is determined as the expanded perceptual realm enabled by the act of mechanical reproduction. In consideration of revealing or not revealing production, photography maintains the selective tool of the ‘handless operative’ to inform through the act of looking.
The hidden production (McFarland, Hubbs, Brandon, van der Molen)
The exposed production (Sultan, Takizawa, White, Imano)
And the liberation of production (Sherry, Schiff, Kruithof)
Hidden production insomuch as the image is representational but may not be what is experienced.
Exposed production insomuch as the exposure defies the suggested narrative on purpose.
The liberation of production insomuch as the image has been presented as recognizable yet emphasized as changed in meaning.