Dear Truth: Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Photography
Dear Truth: Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Photography was a thematic group exhibition that was instigated as which is part of the PhD project The Objectivity Laboratory: Documentary & Photography Potentials.
The exhibition was accomplished with Hasselblad Foundation and coordinated in collaboration with the Chief Curator Dragana Vujanović Östlind, and in continuous dialogue with Research Manager Louise Wolthers and Curator of Education, both at the Hasselblad Foundation.
Description of project
Dear Truth: Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Photography was an international thematic group exhibition, completed as part of Kerstin Hamilton’s PhD project (launched in 2015). It explored how nine contemporary artists approach ideas of truth, facts, and objectivity, and how they – guided by ethical reflections – make urgent matters visible. The work with the Dear Truth exhibition commenced in 2018. The artist-curated exhibition was instigated by Hamilton as a “frame” to hold the research’s mapping of the field and developed as an important site of inquiry where ideas could be tested. Moreover, Dear Truth offered the opportunity to introduce ongoing research into a public space where it could meet an audience. The exhibition provided the opportunity for the PhD project to step into the very field that it converses with, and it provided the research important opportunities for dialogue with contemporary artists whose practices progresses the documentary discourse. The exhibition brought together and addressed contemporary artists whose works and considerations stimulates the documentary photography trajectory that the research project trails. As a research tool, it functioned as a spatial exploration that enabled critical reflection, experimentation, and investigation with the distinct purpose to contribute to contemporary documentary photography in the art context.
Type of work
Curatorial work. Curator: Kerstin Hamilton Participating artists: Laia Abril, Mathieu Asselin, Lara Baladi, Kerstin Hamilton, Karlsson Rixon, Bouchra Khalili, Frida Orupabo, Trevor Paglen, Taryn Simon
Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg
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