Nikita Gale at {Poem 88}

{Poem 88} presents “1961,” a photo-based body of work by Nikita Gale that re-imagines a period of time in the American South. The work was created during an artist residency at The Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, NY.

Gale describes the work this way: “In the vast landscape of human knowledge, both historical and contemporary, the information within this landscape can be separated into three broad categories.

I refer to the first category as Public. This is information that is publicly available and publicly acknowledged. This type of information includes news and current events.

The second category is Intimate. Intimate information alludes to any type of information that is known and acknowledged by a smaller fraction of the population – any sort of information shared by a group of family members or friends.

The third category of information is Secret. This refers to any information that is known by a small group of individuals and is intentionally withheld from the Public and Intimate categories of information – sexual or social taboos, for example.

1961 is a project in which I create tableaux that visualize the divergence and intersection of these three categories of knowledge within a specific time and space to draw out a new narrative that addresses issues specific to race and
sexuality.”

Gale, in re-imagining the year 1961 in the American South, presents a body of diptychs synthesizing ideas of racial, sexual and social tensions present during the Civil Rights Movement. By using found color slides and text from two pro-segregation texts (a letter addressed to Malcolm X from the grand wizard of the KKK and a transcript of a speech by the Lt. Governor of Georgia) and combining them with rephotographed and re-contextualized mugshots of the Freedom Riders (a civil rights group that rode through the South to promote the desegregation of buses), Gale has created what can be viewed as a romantic or suggestive narrative wherein the white masculine addresses a non-white or black feminine.

The series is comprised of 20 diptychs, four collages and three 17×25” color pigment prints. Each diptych contains one 13×19” digital pigment print accompanied by an 8 ½ x 11” collage. Images from the series will be collated into 4 deluxe-edition artist books.

“1961” and other works within her oeuvre– self-described as conceptual photography, will be presented concurrently with Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

There will be an artist talk at the gallery on Sept. 15.

Through Oct. 13

{Poem 88}
1100 Howell Mill Rd., Suite A03
Atlanta, GA 30318


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