Free People of Colour (and other Pictures) at Get This!

Get This! Gallery presents the group photography exhibition, F.P.O.C. curated by Santiago Mostyn in the first collaboration between the gallery and Santiago. The show is a photographic essay of contemporary southern portraiture presented through the works of four emerging photographers including works by Santiago Mostyn. Each of the four artists have been influenced in equal parts from the strong tradition of vernacular photography in the United States, and from the cultural miasma of the contemporary American South, laden as it is with a burden of social inequality that has been aggravated and exposed by the natural disasters of recent years. The artists creating this Southern portrait — Dinah DiNova, Michael Koehler, Craig Mammano, and Santiago Mostyn — share a sense of open and honest curiosity that has been tempered by what they see as their responsibility towards certain histories, photographic and otherwise. Taken together, their images both tender and perverse, boldly stated and yet absolutely in tune with the dark nuance of the culture on display.

In his seminal text “Walker Evans and Robert Frank: An Essay on Influence,” Tod Papageorge refers to the “daily joys and emergencies of artistic practice.” This intention could equally refer to these four artists whose continued use of tintypes, black and white film, and silver gelatin prints, marks a conceptual rejection of the dematerialization of the photographic image in contemporary art owing to digital manipulation and constructed abstraction. Again, Papageorge highlights; “…the possibility of pleasure — whether the minor excitement of stealing something without fear of arrest, the deeper enhancement of loving a thing well enough to serve it, or the profound delight of making an object so free of previous authority that it can be called new.” By paying homage to what has gone before, these four emerging artists have established a unique, anti-technological identity; one that is suffused with humanity and compassion, and that stands as a persuasive response to the universal questions of our time.

Santiago Mostyn (b. San Francisco, 1981) is a traveling photographer and writer most recently based in Brooklyn. He makes prints, videos, and small books based on personal interactions with subcultural communities throughout the world. He received his BA from Yale in 2004, and studied under Wolfgang Tillmans at the Staedelschule, Frankfurt, and has collaborated with the artist Swoon on a series of raft-based performances along the Mississippi River. His first monograph, Excerpt: All Most Heaven is published by TV Books. Mostyn has participated in Studio Visit, P.S.1’s web virtual presentations of artists’ studios and has exhibited internationally with shows at O.H.W.O.W. for Art Basel, Miami Beach and at Kunst-Werke in Berlin. Santiago was recently featured with several photographs in an article, What Is It About 20-Somethings? Which appeared in the August 22, 2010 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

Participating artists: Craig Mammano, Michael Koehler, Santiago Mostyn, Dinah DiNova

Through November 6.

Exhibition is in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Curator/Artist lecture by Santiago Mostyn: Saturday, October 16, 12-1pm (during Westside Arts 3rd Saturday Art Walk)

Get This! Gallery
662 11th Street NW
Atlanta GA, 30318

Free and open to the public

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