Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Lori Grinker: Distant Relations

Lori Grinker: Distant Relations at Nailya Alexander Gallery. "...Using medium format color film, Grinker chronicles her family’s diaspora with landscapes, portraiture, and interiors. Concentrating more on particular environments than people and practices, her landscapes and interiors focus on the atmosphere of the place. These fragmentary images stir the viewer’s memory and emotions and trigger wonder about our journey in life. Dr. Roy Richard Grinker, Lori’s cousin and a professor of Anthropology at The George Washington University, calls these carefully composed images 'an absent presence,' and George Slade, former curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University speaks about them 'constructing moments in which absence is a salient property and memory seems to be in the process of taking hold.' Grinker embeds philosophical questions within quotidian events, endowing personal stories with broader meanings of other peoples’ cultural identity, geographic belonging and life-world rootedness. The present show is only the first chapter of Grinker’s search. Future work will take place in Argentina, Israel, the United Kingdom and Germany, reconnecting the family and forging links between past and present." More... Works by Lori Grinker at her personal site.


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