Anne Collier “Women With Cameras”

Rat Hole Gallery

poster for Anne Collier “Women With Cameras”
[Image: : Anne Collier ”Women With Cameras (Anonymous)" (2016) © Anne Collier]

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Over the past 15 years Anne Collier has developed an extensive body of work that considers the nature and culture(s) of photographic images; exploring questions of perception and representation, and a consideration of how images – both professional and amateur - circulate. Rooted in research and the act of collecting, Collier’s practice negotiates the multiple histories of photography, considering the photographic image’s relationship with gender, autobiography, nostalgia, and what she has described as forms of ‘pop-melancholia’.
At Rat Hole Collier will debut a new 35mm slide projection piece ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’, 2016. The work consists of a sequence of eighty 35mm slides, each of which contains an image of a found amateur photograph that shows an anonymous female subject in the act of either taking a photograph or holding camera equipment. Sourced over many years by Collier from flea markets and online auction sites the images in ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’ date from the 1970s to the early 2000s, i.e. from the final decades of the pre-digital era of photography (and before cell phone cameras became ubiquitous.)
Each of these found photographs depicts scenes from other people’s lives; anonymous individuals recorded in both private and public situations. Each of the original photographs has at some point been discarded by its original owner. This act of ‘abandonment’ – of photographic images and the personal histories that they represent – is central to ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’, which is ultimately concerned with photography’s relationship with memory and loss. Presented as a slide show ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’ animates photographic time (i.e. the still image) into something that approximates the durational time of cinema (i.e. the moving image.)

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from November 11, 2016 to February 19, 2017

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Anne Collier

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