2016 Festival Guide
Steffani Jemison
© Steffani Jemison
When I Turn My Head
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: Steffani Jemison

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 12, to Fri, Oct 25 2013

“If the sky is above my head, when I turn my head upwards, I will see the sky,” activist Huey P. Newton, whose words evoke both possibility and futility.

Steffani Jemison is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers issues that arise when conceptual practices are inflected by black history and vernacular culture. Jemison uses rigorous formal methods to explore her interests in the politics of serial form, the limits of narrative description, and the tension between improvisation, repetition, and fugitivity. Jemison’s solo exhibition includes two videos and a set of inkjet prints on clear film.

Her regenerated photographs employ acetate as support so that the coherent photograph appears solid, but is translucent, thus reflecting other works, the architecture of the room, and the viewers themselves. They are both “in transit” and “at rest.”

Similarly challenging the meaning or stability of the visual trope, Jemison’s videos, which reference early chase films, show figures moving repetitively through urban landscapes in various iterations.

In a May, 2013’s Art in America. Thomas J. Lax writes that Jemison’s videos reveal “the context-sensitive and research-oriented processes that structure the artist’s work across photo-based objects and text-based images, performance and participatory projects alike”…carry[ing] an unexpected affective charge.”

Opening Reception: Fri, Oct 4, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
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Sat: 11am - 5pm
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ACP Listing #: 018

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