September 15 – October 31
L: dress, inkjet print, 26 x 18″, 2016
R: legs, silver gelatin print, 24″ x 16″, 2016
From the Kaufmann Repetto press release:
In her latest photographs Talia Chetrit has structured a series of performative scenarios in which the artist uses her body, and that of her partner, to destabilize the conventions of self-portraiture and its mechanisms of control. The shutter release—along with mirrors in her studio, deconstructed clothing and multiple cameras—are tools with which Chetrit sets up deliberate triangulations that present us with critical openings. It is through these openings that we see the artist repeatedly demonstrating her submission to her own process as an act of authorial agency.
Kaufmann Repetto: Talia Chetrit installation view
September 15 – October 31, 2016
This is the third exhibition we’ve helped produced for Talia Chetrit with Kaufmann Repetto. We’ve been working with Talia since 2009.
Tags: Archival Pigment Printing (Inkjet), Exhibitions, Film Processing, Kaufman Repetto, Scanning, Talia Chetrit
Sies + Höke
May 12 – June 19
Talia Chetrit: from I’m Selecting at Sies + Höke
L: Untitled (Bottomless #2), 2015
R: Untitled (Street #9), 2015
From the Sies + Höke press release:
I’m Selecting, Talia Chetrit’s second exhibition at Sies + Höke, comprises two discrete bodies of work. One consists of 13 images shot on the streets of New York and Paris. The other, made using a mirror, is a suite of four photographs which depict the artist in her studio, nude from the waist down. Tightly cropped and grainy, semi-anonymized images of businessmen crossing the street and groups of people buying museum tickets typify the impersonal. While, contrastingly, the artist stares back at her viewer in bottomless, startling self-portraits.
The seeming incongruity between these two series is bridged by the amount of control exercised over both. Chetrit’s focus has long been aimed at the ways in which images are constructed and the manner in which they function in society: their contrivances, their agendas, and their fictions. Often the body serves as a site for this exploration of photography’s tenets, and in I’m Selecting, Chetrit uses the bodies of others as well as her own. These images are a reminder of the degree of self-scrutiny we impose on ourselves when we know our pictures are being taken, and the feeling of panic inspired by being photographed without realizing it.
Here the artist has brought these two emotions into the same room. It is clear that the unwitting subjects of the street photographs haven’t been given the opportunity to pose for the camera. Instead their images are forged after the fact – Chetrit has seemingly scoured her negatives for marginal moments of intrigue, cropping and enlarging to direct our attention to individuals who never sought it in the first place. It is therefore an almost conciliatory gesture that the artist reinserts herself into this narrative. Chetrit’s four half-nudes are an objectification and aestheticization of the artist’s own body, ostensibly revealing much more of herself than what she has taken from her subjects on the street. If control is the the guiding principle in I’m Selecting, then Chetrit deploys it in two fashions: on one hand taking control over images of others that initially had none, and on the other carefully crafting self-portraits that relinquish the possibility of that very control.
- Patrick Armstrong
Talia Chetrit: I’m Selecting at Sies + Höke
Untitled (Bottomless #’s 1-4)
Talia Chetrit: I’m Selecting at Sies + Höke
Untitled (Street #’s 1-12)
This is the second Talia Chetrit exhibition we’ve helped produced for Sies + Höke. We’ve been working with Talia since 2009.
For more on our projects with her click here
For more on I’m selecting at Sies + Höke click here
Tags: Archival Pigment Printing (Inkjet), Exhibitions, Sies + Höke Galerie, Talia Chetrit
Kaufman Repetto / Milan
November 20 – January 10
Talia Chetrit: Parents in the Sun #1, 2014
From Model, Kaufman Repetto, Milan
20 x 25 digital-c print, acrylic mount
From the Kaufman Repetto press release:
In Model, Talia Chetrit reflects on the complex relationship between reality and representation, investigating themes of authenticity in the photographic medium through the exchange between subject and photographer. Alongside the new series of photographs, a video captures Talia Chetrit’s parents – present in earlier photographic works – as unwitting subjects of a collection of video clips. Parents candidly records the self-conscious posturing of the artist’s mother and father, contrasting the act of staging an image with the relationships created in the act of photographic portrayal.
While Talia Chetrit photographs, a digital camera films the artist’s unsuspecting parents, capturing interstitial situations – bits of conversations and gestures – whose intimacy is made public. The video exposes what happens behind the curtains of the photographic sessions, moments which lead to an image but are normally left out of the final photograph, revealing the view of the artist as curious, voyeuristic and directorial. Explicitly rendered is a vulnerable and private exchange between three members of a family, as well as a photographer and her models.
Talia Chetrit: Parents, 2014
Installation view, Kaufman Repetto, Milan
This process exposes artifice – the posing of subjects for a desired effect – while simultaneously revealing the net of relationships that exist between husband and wife, parents and daughter. Accordingly, the family unit alternates between complicity and disobedience to the power dynamic that exists between the photographer and the portrayed subject. The ostensible sincerity of the candid camera gives a window to the illusory character of photography.
The accompanying series of photographs show Talia Chetrit’s parents gazing into each other’s eyes, then at their phones or a compact mirror, then back at the camera lens. Employing a number of photographic styles, the components of which allude to authenticity or staging, Chetrit debases the tropes of portraiture. Encountered after viewing Parents in the adjacent gallery, a seemingly candid image taken from a second floor balcony feels intently posed. The use of three different camera formats further highlight the ways in which the fabrication of an image influences its reception.
The interrelation of the video and photographic works in Model places emphasis on the unseen structures inherent to photography, investigating the role of photographer and subject as both attempt to fashion an image that reads as sincere. What becomes visible through Talia Chetrit’s laying bare of her working process is that from behind the camera lens sincerity can also be constructed.
Talia Chetrit: Parents / Trees, 2014
From Model, Kaufman Repetto, Milan
20 x 24 conventionally enlarged silver gelatin print, museum board mount
Aside from the video piece, this exhibition includes (5) digital-c prints and (5) conventionally enlarged silver gelatin prints. You can see installation views and more from Kaufman Repetto here.
This is LTI/Lightside’s third solo exhibition with Talia Chetrit — see more here.
Tags: B+W Silver Gelatin Printing, Digital-C Printing, Exhibitions, Kaufman Repetto, Mounting, Talia Chetrit
September 3 – October 6, 2013
Talia Chetrit at Leslie Fritz, September 2013
From the Leslie Fritz press release:
Talia Chetrit’s current exhibition at Leslie Fritz, her third show with the gallery, originates in the artist’s revisiting old contact sheets from the first rolls of film she shot as a thirteen-year-old in the mid 1990’s. They were intimate, direct portraits of the subjects most immediately available to her: her own family in and around the home. Chetrit re-cropped and re-edited these old images, and returned to photograph her family again for the most recent work in the exhibition, mixing these two moments in this installation. In these images, we see her mother, father, brother, and the photographer herself, pictured today and as they appeared some eighteen years ago.
Talia Chetrit: selections from Leslie Fritz, September, 2013
clockwise from top left:
Self-Portrait (13): 1995/2013, 18 x 24 silver gelatin print from original negative
Parents (side, 2013): 20 x 24 silver gelatin print from original negative
Self Portrait (Profile): 2013, 19 x 24 silver gelatin print from original negative
Parents (Stacked): 2013, 14 x 22 digital c-print
I’ve mentioned previously in this archive that often we’ll start work on a project and have no idea what we’re being presented with conceptually. This makes sense, considering that our role in the production of these projects is after all, that of the facilitating technician and so it’s only natural that we’re somewhat removed from the “content” side of the process. It’s almost as if we have insider status … but not too far inside, if you get my meaning. Anyway, it’s one of those quirks that comes with the job that actually makes life fun around here … specifically: trying to figure what’s going on in a project beyond the technical perimeters before actually asking.
Talia Chetrit: selections from Leslie Fritz, 2013
left to right:
Dad: 1995/2013, 6 x 8 silver gelatin print from original negative
Brother: 1995/2013, 6 x 9 silver gelatin print from original negative
In this case: printing negatives shot by the artist eighteen years previous, including a self-portrait (without this being explained), clearly puts this project into that category.
Chetrit’s exhibition has been well received with reviews in Artforum, Mousse Magazine, Contemporary Art Daily and the Gallerist. For more, please visit Leslie Fritz online by clicking here.
Tags: B+W Silver Gelatin Printing, Digital-C Printing, Leslie Fritz, Talia Chetrit
Bodies in Trouble
Sies + Höke Galerie, Dusseldorf
Sept 7 – Oct 19, 2012
We recently worked on a series of 20 x 24 conventionally enlarged silver gelatin prints for Talia Chetrit’s Bodies in Trouble exhibition at Sies + Höke in Dusseldorf. Bodies in Trouble presents a psychological narrative articulated in three distinct movements … perhaps best described, as these things often are, in the gallery’s press release.
Talia Chetrit: Bodies in Trouble, Sies + Höke, 2012
Talia Chetrit: from Bodies in Trouble, 2012: Left to right, top to bottom:
Hand on Body (Crotch #1)
Hand on Body (Breast)
Hand on Body (Ass)
Hand on Body (Himself)
Talia Chetrit: Street Contact from Bodies in Trouble, 2012
Tags: B+W Silver Gelatin Printing, Sies + Höke Galerie, Talia Chetrit
Fall is in the air and it feels like everyone is out and about again all at once (thankfully!). As always, there’s a long list of must-see exhibitions … and yet, is there ever enough time for all this?
While you’re out looking, We would like to point out three projects that we worked on over the summer. When taken together, the work of Sebastiaan Bremer, Talia Chetrit and Lawrence Beck create an interesting overview of what’s happening in photography right now.
Do yourself the favor and stop in to spend a moment at the galleries in person. We think you’ll find it well worth the effort. All three shows run through mid-October.
September 10 – October 17, 2009
Lawrence Beck: Alpine Wildflowers: Daisies 3, 2008
60 x 78 archival pigment print, dibond mount
September 12 – October 17, 2009
Talia Chetrit: Spectrum (detail), 2009
19.75 x 14.5 archival pigment print, opaque white plexi-glass mount
Bravin Lee programs:
September 17 – October 17, 2009
Sebastiaan Bremer: Swiss Crown, 2008
31.5 x 47.25 digital c-print, ink
Tags: Archival Pigment Printing (Inkjet), Bravin Lee Programs, Digital-C Printing, Exhibitions, Film Processing, Lawrence Beck, Mounting, Renwick Gallery, Scanning, Sebastiaan Bremer, Sonnabend Gallery, Talia Chetrit
Bose Pacia Gallery
July 8 / August 21, 2009
Curator Amani Olu (Humble Arts Foundation) “examines how artists employ conceptual black + white photography to strengthen their ideas and how such usage comments on the dominance of large-scale color photography as seen in the contemporary art world over the last 25 years”.
Talia Chetrit:Gradient Tool #1, 2009
Michael Buheler-Rose: Edition, 2009
Lightside and LTI provided conventional black + white printing, mounting and framing services for Talia Chetrit’s photographic Gradient Toolseries and framing for Michael Buhler-Rose’s mixed media Editionseries.
Tags: After Color, Amani Olu, B+W Silver Gelatin Printing, Exhibitions, Framing, Humble Arts Foundation, Michael Buhler-Rose, Mounting, Talia Chetrit