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The Chimeric Animated Portraits of Lisa Crafts
July 10, 2020 - July 31, 2020
As we continue the run up to our next brick & mortar exhibition, On the Inside: Portraiture Through Photography, we are excited to offer a sneak peek at the innovative work of Lisa Crafts. She has created a gallery of photography-based portraits that depict thinkers, activists and dreamers who are engaged with issues arising from the effects of human impact on the environment.
Each portrait is an expressive fiction/non-fiction video collage, and contains a visual narrative that incorporates ideas, fears, insights, intentions and contradictions that emerge from conversations with each participant. These silent works, each one minute in length, exhibited on vertical monitors, use animation to disrupt literal and authoritative documentary as a means to open up conversation and invite new ideas.
The image above is a still frame of one of four works that will be featured in the upcoming exhibition, along with notes from Crafts’ conversations with the subjects. As a preview, here’s a link to the full animated portrait of Nicole Lindsey, urban beekeeper.
“I talk to my bees and play them music, they know my scent and my face. When bee colonies were collapsing across the US, the bee population was growing in Detroit. It had been bankrupt, and there were 70,000 vacant lots. Wildflowers were growing without pesticides and bees flourished.”
On the Inside: Portraiture Through Photography is a group show featuring an international selection of photographers and image makers, offering the opportunity to deepen an ongoing conversation about self across borders of all kinds. Stay tuned for details about the exhibition opening.
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Nicole Lindsey, Urban Beekeeper, 2019
Animation includes ragweed, sparkplugs and seeds