Exhibition By Keliy Anderson Staley

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[Hyphen Americans]
Exhibition by Keliy Anderson-Staley

Opening NIght & Reception January 21, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Exhibition on view January 21-February 19, 2016
Visual and Dramatic Arts @ Rice University
Rice Media Center building; Main Gallery

Composed of thousands of portraits, [Hyphen] Americans, is a diverse collection of American faces. These portraits are all wet-plate collodion tintypes, made with chemistry mixed according to nineteenth-century recipes, period brass lenses and wooden view cameras. The project draws attention to the fact that all portraits exist within a history of images, and that our perception of ourselves and our ancestors has always been mediated by photographic technology.

Our identities are linked to the visual history of social difference, a history in which photography has not always played an innocent role. Against this history, each individual in this series—identified only by a first name—defiantly asserts his or her selfhood, resisting any imposed or external categorizing system we might bring to these images. Echoes and patterns of similarity and difference can be found across the installation, but each portrait reminds us of the persistent uniqueness of faces and our common human identity.
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