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Christine Burrill – Uprising Los Angeles Exhibition Opening

The LA photographer opens a show of large-scale color photo collages and black & white images.

 - October 11, 2012
color photo collage

photo collage from Christine Burrill’s Uprising Los Angeles exhibition


Opening tonight at 151ArtsBrownstone in New York, award winning filmmaker, cinematographer, and still photographer Christine Burrill presents Uprising Los Angeles, an exhibition featuring large-scale color photo collages and black-and-white images of a city and its people following the violence of the Los Angeles Riots in 1992. On display in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the riots, this is the first time the work will be shown in New York.

Christine Burrill began working with photo collage after she read an article on David Hockney in the New Yorker in 1983. She was taken with his methods and set out to replicate what he called “separate glimpses” of the same subject. The resulting exhibition presents a range of subject matter: would-be gang girls flashing victory signs, empty shells of stores, elegant African-American churchgoers displaying resolve after Sunday service, a Korean family sweeping up the remains of their store, and a dismayed Latino cop standing quietly among wreckage. The images feel remarkably current, invoking the pathos, and lurking potential, for violence in communities plagued by injustice.

Uprising Los Angeles
A walk through Los Angeles in the aftermath of the 1992 Riots
Photo collages by Christine Burrill
On view: October 11–December 1, 2012
Opening reception: Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm
151Arts Brownstone, New York