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February Issue 2011

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offer Photography Exhibition

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, will present the exhibit, The Presence of Absence, an exhibit that celebrates photographers who challenge the audience's perception of the 'reality' depicted in a photograph by capturing what is both present and absent-what is seen and what is not seen. The exhibition on view in Gallery 15 will be on view from Feb. 25 through May 1, 2011.

This exhibition of 31 photographs, drawn from a private collection, is shown in connection with the upcoming major photography exhibition, Who Shot Rock & Roll, which also opens Feb. 25.

In Who Shot Rock and Roll, the power of the images is in their ability to capture and document the energy, performance, and celebrity of Rock and Roll music. Recognition and immediacy are paramount. In The Presence of Absence, the familiar is disguised and the image within the photograph is symbolic of a larger unseen narrative.

"We are forced to contemplate and imagine the reality that lies outside the boundaries of the photograph and its image-whether it's Robert Hammersteil's subtle photograph of a soiled tablecloth or the beautiful but unsettling image of a light switch at a Dachau crematorium complex by Andrea Robbins and Max Becher. While these photographs can be dark, weird and strange, they are also beautiful, exciting, and poignant," Museum chief curator Todd Herman said.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).


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