Curated by Adriana Teresa Letorney
Official Event of the Lucie Awards
Date: October 21, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 23, 7-10pm
Presented by: Lucie Foundation
Location: Splashlight, 75 Varick Street, 3 FL
Curator: Adriana Teresa Letorney
Curator’s Statement: The Best of Show 2010 is a curator’s choice that aims to spark thought, questions, emotions and dialogue. The result is a selection of forty-five individual pieces, many of which are from larger projects, by unique artists worldwide. The selection process was a daunting task as all the artists displayed enormous talent in their work. Still, I had the assignment to edit.
Editing is a very personal process, even when working for a specific project. A photograph can serve many purposes, and a curator seeks to unite them: the outcome with the intention, the aesthetic with the content, the format with the artists’ inner voice. This balance is a never-ending challenge. Otherwise, something may be lost, like an intangible aura, which makes the connection between the photograph as an object and the photograph as a voice.
Whether through fine art, photojournalism, abstract or any other approach or format—we must seek the aura of an image, it must speak to us. A Pakistani boy displaced from Swat Valley, sleeps under a mosquito net outside his tent at the Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan; The city of Lagos, Nigeria, a magnet for all of West Africa, largely due to the oil drilling in the country; a uniformed US military service member, who is secretly gay, sits on a bed while covering his face with his hand; a young girl holds a chicken to represent the resurgence of a young generation of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest; a man holding the head of a decapitated bull at a slaughterhouse; a young boy covering his face in the midst of an armed insurgency in Kashmir; a night photograph of a European airport; young wrestlers in India; omitted faces as a sign of censorship in Saudi Arabia; a portrait as a gift to each village Alkalo (chief) in Gambia; a man flying a kite in Japan; a collage that implies that China is taking over the world; Ahlan Ibrahim Abad giving birth to her tenth child in the hospital Al Yarmok, in the midsts of war; Grace, 82, a victim of Alzheimers disease caressing her brother, Joe, her sole caregiver and only sibling living in the US; brick makers working in the urban poor regions of Kathmandu; a Polish man entering the kitchen on a horse during the period of communism; a destroyed monument dedicated to the Soviet Army and the communist rebellion; homeless children playing pool in an abandoned chocolate factory in the city Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; prisoners resting in a jail of the Philippine National Police in Manila; a flower; A Cuban girl posing for a foreigner from the inside of a car.
Every curator brings into an exhibition his or her own personal life experience when deciding which image or images strikes them most. The photographer, curator, and audience undergo this process as well. This only implies that there is no right or wrong decision or answer when making a selection, but a difference in experiences that have shaped each individual’s character, interests, visual aesthetics and beliefs.
It’s simple, art is a voice; and an image can be art.
This exhibition embraces the voice in an image. Each piece becomes its own world. In unison, each individual photograph interconnects to create a wholeness—and its entirety reveals that we are nothing more and nothing less than human, and that maybe there is something we can do to contribute positivity and change. Let’s take the time to observe and listen to the echo within…