The Transportation Of PlacePhotographs by Andrea Robbins and Mex Becher
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Drawing on a rich visual vocabulary gleaned from travel brochures, postcards, and National Geographic and the photography of Walker Evans, Edward Curtis, and Stephen Shore to surreal nonfictions, using documentary images to examine contradictions of place and cultural identity.
In the words of the artists, "Whether the subject is Germany in Africa, Germans dressing as Native Americans, American towns dressed as Germany, New York in Las Vegas, New York in Cuba, or Cuba in exile, our interest tends to be a place out of place with its various causes and consequences."
What are the larger implications of "ideological passing," when one culture assumes the skin of another? And what role can photography play as a document in context where cultural signification is entirely fluid? Curator and author Maurice Berger examines Robbins and Becher’s in terms of race and identity, but also of Surrealism. Lucy Lippard discusses the development of the husband-and-wife team's work together, looking at the ideas of location, landscape, and manufactured place.
U.S.-born Andrea Robbins and German Max Becher both received BFAs from Cooper Union. They have have had numerous solo and group exhibitions at major international venues, and their work is in major collections such as the International Center of Photography, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.