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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Anne Massoni

SPE Member since 2000
Member Chapter: Mid-Atlantic

2017 W/SW Juried Exhibition Application Portfolio

The series Holding, utilizes created images and found photographs to present a place between truth and fiction. These contrasting images sit side by side with a thin line painted across their surface, drawing imagined connections. The images themselves reinforce the concepts of memory and often use mnemonic elements and notions of artifact to represent an underlying story, which touches on the personal while still attempting the collective.

I combine photographs I've made of empty places – spaces once inhabited or currently inhabited but with no one present – with found photographs of times that no longer exist – images that are empty of personal memory – and then paint a thin line to draw a literal point of connection from one image to the next. The line, like a strand of DNA, ties the images, separated by generations, to one another. The line is often initiated in the found photograph by pointing to the senses – taste, smell, touch, sound – to a point in the contemporary image that speaks to the residues left behind by current or past inhabitants.

The Holding series is made of five "chapters", each dedicated to a person of influence in my life which serves to establish place, lineage, and narrative in each chapter. Leaning on the notion of the "book" as narrative, chapters are titled in "honor of" and each diptych's title utilizes the complexity of language to help navigate the viewer to underlying connections and conundrums – the narratives of the diptychs are often as rich as they are convoluted. Each "chapter's" photographs are made in the location of the honoree's "home" and while appropriated photographs are collected in the same location, they are not necessarily of that place.

Parisians Roundabout Paris Rooftops

My Ruins Perfect Wallpaper

Dalî's Cruise Recent Acquisitions

Marked Voyage Silent Seraph

Explored Seams Carril's Lens

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