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Friday, July 25, 2014
Charlotte Dumas: Anima opens August 8 @ Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh,PA)
Charlotte Dumas: Animafeatures a series of portraits of the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. An opening reception takes place Friday, August 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. It is free and open to the public.
intensely personal and up-close portraits of draft horses that serve
the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the Army's oldest active infantry
regiment known as "The Old Guard," reveal a powerful human connection to
these honored animals. Using only the natural light that reaches into
the stalls, photographer Charlotte Dumas captures the horses as they
relax and move towards sleep after a day of work.
bond between mankind and animals, and the extensive history that it
accompanies, is my greatest interest," says Dumas. Using her standard
80mm lens on medium format film, she seeks to express how humans "use
and regard animals for our own purposes, literally and symbolically."
Dumas travels the world making evocative formal portraits of animals,
not just horses, characterizing them by their utility, social function,
or by the way they relate to people. Her goal is to engender a visual
relationship, so that the portrait makes us more conscious of how we
look at animals in our everyday lives.
was photographed in 2012 on two separate visits to Washington, D.C. The
exhibition is comprised of several grand and impressive images, as well
as a poignant video work portraying the animals as they drift in and
out of sleep. Five additional works from Dumas' past projects accompany
is organized by Julie Saul Gallery, New York, and Silver Eye, and was
commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
About the Artist
Charlotte Dumas (Dutch, b. 1977) explored this world of animal photography in her first two projects: Four Horses (2002) centered around four working police horses in Rotterdam, while Day is Done
(2004) focused on the horses from the Carabinieri a cavallo (mounted
police) in Rome. From there, Dumas worked with a number of animals
around the world, from wolves in Norway and Sweden (Reverie, 2005), to tigers confined within zoos, parks, and sanctuaries in Indiana and Texas (Tiger, Tiger, 2007), to stray dogs who lived amongst the chaotic urban environments of Palermo, Italy and New York City (Heart-Shaped Hole, 2008 and Heart of a Dog, 2009).
Prior to Anima
(2012), Dumas set out to photograph the remaining search and rescue
dogs deployed by FEMA to the World Trade Center in New York and the
Pentagon for her project Retrieved, 2011. With the help of
FEMA, Dumas was able to photograph each of the dogs in their homes
across the United States, where they still live with their handlers 10
years after the attacks.
attended the Rietveld Academie Amsterdam from 1996-2000 and later
studied as a resident at the Rijksacademy for visual Arts in Amsterdam
from 2001-2002. Dumas has shown her work internationally, including the
Julie Saul Gallery, New York City; Galeri Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam;
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Schunk Cultural Instituet
Heerlen, Netherlands; Rapallo Fotografia Conteporanea, Rapallo, Italy;
Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; and Lawrence Markey Gallery,
San Antonio, TX, amongst others. Her work is also included in a number
of international collections, including the De Pont Museum of
Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands; Dordrechts museum, Netherlands;
the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands; Huis Marseille,
Foundation for Photography, Amsterdam; and the New York Public Library.
Dumas has a number of publications, including The Widest Prairies (2013); Companion (2012); Anima (2012); Retrieved (2011); Al Lavaro! (2011); Repose (2010); and Paradis (2009), amongst others.
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Free and open to the public
About Silver Eye Center for Photography
Silver Eye Center for
Photography is a nationally-recognized, non-collecting institution
exclusively dedicated to contemporary photography. Founded in 1985,
Silver Eye has been at the forefront of celebrating photography, both as
an expressive art form and as a medium that brings to light the telling
details and larger stories that influence and inform an understanding
of ourselves and the world. With our singular commitment to exhibiting
and promoting contemporary photography and photo-based multimedia, we
are unique in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.
Silver Eye is located
at 1015 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's historic Southside. Gallery
hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and
open to the public. Silver Eye is handicap accessible.
Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by our
members and individual donors and by the Allegheny Regional Asset
District, the Donald and Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation, The Fine
Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Henry John Simonds Foundation, the
Irving and Aaronel deRoy Gruber Charitable Foundation, Pennsylvania
Council on the Arts, the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust
Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Sprout Fund and the William
Talbott Hillman Foundation.
Photo Credits (left to right): Charlotte Dumas, Major II; Middle, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery.
Silver Eye Center for Photography | 1015 East Carson Street | Pittsburgh | PA | 15203