Galerie Christophe Gaillard is pleased to present Verbs, Hannah Whitaker’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Verbs marks Whitaker’s most visually complex and ambitious photographs to date. For several years she has worked by layering exposures onto 4x5 film, shot through hand-cut paper screens. Made in 2016, the work presented here takes this procedure to new extremes. Requiring thorough previsualization, a given photograph may involve up to 30 screens (or 30 exposures), multiple locations, and several weeks of labor.
In this newest body of work, Whitaker turns her focus toward the body. Making frequent use of silhouettes, she combines the human form with blocks of color or the textures of materials such as a metal grate, a paper fan, or a newspaper. The resulting mark on the film is delineated less by the object itself than by cuts and holes in the screen.
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