Date(s) - 12/05/2023
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
1 Kings Lane
Geneva, NY 14456
For nearly a decade, Juan Madrid has been making photographs and zines that disrupt what he describes as the “thorny” history of photography. As a student he studied this history, one that has long been dominated by white males. The contemporary practitioners who taught him often fit that demographic and were actively being written into the history of the medium. In finding his own voice as a BIPOC artist, Madrid observed the lack of diversity, questioned his place in the history, and sought to enter the contested spaces of the gallery and book.
This exhibition aims to insert Madrid’s art into the trajectory of the photographic medium by displaying his work in direct conversation with photography books by celebrated white male photographers. By presenting the works in this way, visitors are invited to think critically about what authorities decided whose vision was valuable and valid in the historic photographic documentation of America.