With the overabundance of images we see everyday via social media and, more specifically, Instagram, it can sometimes be easy to forget that photography isn’t just pictures of cute babies and screenshots of iMessenger. Photography is, first and foremost, an art and there are many ways in which it goes beyond simply just “pictures.” For example, the deeper meaning can come simply from a beautiful image that takes you outside reality for a moment, or something more complex, like providing insight into worlds you’ve never seen before. Like a good film or novel, it can also offer meaning and commentary on our everyday lives.
This is what New York’s MoMA‘s newest photography series is trying achieve.
Presented at MOMA’s New Photography, the exhibit, titled Being, explores the idea of what it is to be human.
17 artist from eight different countries, all at various levels of their careers, will present their work at the exhibit for the first time.
The exhibition is examining a very relevant and heavily examined topic in the modern world: identity through religion, race, social background, sexual orientation, and other things, as created in a tumultuous society where finding equal representation is difficult. The exhibition, through a wide range of photographic mediums, hopes to offer perspective on these topics.
The show’s press release states:
“At a time when questions about the rights, responsibilities, and dangers inherent in being represented—and in representing others—are being debated around the world, the works featured in Being call attention to assumptions about how individuals are depicted and perceived.”
The New Photography exhibition started in 1985 and has displayed work from over 100 artist around the world. The exhibit, which changes every two years, has, since the beginning, showcased many different forms of photography, from prints to books to poster and photo-based installations, etc. The series, always presenting relevant and compelling ideas, demonstrates new work in photography and photo-based art. The prior exhibit, Ocean of Images, focused on photography in the digital world.
The exhibit is showing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, until August 19.
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