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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Janelle Lynch

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: Northeast

Barcelona (Radius Books, Fall 2013)

While living in Spain from 2007-2011, Lynch explored the fallow landscape outside of Barcelona. With her 8x10 Deardorff camera and a portrait lens, she photographed traces of existence — pylons, puddles, leaves, and litter — as metaphors for absence and presence, mourning and remembrance. Five series of images are featured in Barcelona; four in color plus the artist’s first black-and-white project. They show the terrain around the Llobregat and Rubí rivers — unpeopled yet layered with palpable suggestions of life, past and present.

“Barcelona extends my long-term interest in representations of the life cycle in the landscape,” Lynch said, “to an inquiry about what remains after absence and loss, what persists in being, what intangible presence continues despite a physical absence?”

Interwoven throughout this new project are the artist’s writings in English and Spanish. The book begins with “The Window,” a short memoir about how Lynch, as a child, learned from her grandmother to observe and appreciate nature. Text written by Lynch precedes each series of photographs and offers insight into the artist’s subject matter and influences, including Charles Burchfield, Wendell Berry, and Roland Barthes.

Barcelona (cover)

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