Mission Héliographique on exhibit in the Upper Powers Gallery

September 21, 2015  |  by Bonifas Arts Center
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Photographer Christine Flavin is featured in the upper portion of the Powers Gallery at the Bonifas. Her exhibit recreates historic photos. She gave a tour of the exhibit Saturday during an open house reception.

Artist Statement: Mission Héliographique

By photographically retracing the work of the Mission Héliographique my hope is to forge a connection between collective memory and historical photographic practices to inform contemporary visual understanding. My project investigates the evolution of historical monuments in their environs, visually compares social, cultural and technological changes over 164 years, addresses the foundation of visual archives for collective identity and presents, in a contemporary context, significant photographs rarely seen by the public. The work provides insight into social change, measured over time, a view of history through the work of individuals who lived 164 years ago and a view of photographic history in our era of transition from a mechanical to technological age.

Flavin’s photography includes explorations of history and culture. She combines digital technology with historic photographic processes in making her prints. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest region as well as in Seattle, Washington; Dallas, Texas; and Suwa, Japan. Her photographs are part of the permanent collection at several national galleries and museums including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois. She has published two photographic instructional lab manuals for students and teachers and has lectured at several museums and universities on topics in the history of photography.

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