Public, Private, Secret

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The new ICP Exhibition location in the Bowery is host to a fascinating exhibition about the future of image making in the 21st century, ‘Public, Private, Secret’.

As it says on the ICP site ‘The exhibition creates a physical experience through which to examine photography’s role in breaking and resetting the boundaries of social and personal privacy.’

Which is a high falutin’ way of saying there’s not merely photography in the traditional sense on display but also video, modern imaging technology and use of real-time social media


Everything from Kate Cooper’s sad CGI woman, beautiful, perfect and empty to Natalie Bookchin’s ‘My Meds’, which uses a collage of found online video to present a chorus of people’s ‘private’ moments.

Imagery from the past is also utilized, from Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills to Garry Winogrand’s ‘Women are beautiful’ series, both of which are harbingers of the kind of culture we have today where people’s most private moments are put on display often willingly by humans searching for validation.

1984-102-webThe overly effect of the entire display, which is the new ICP’s premiere show, is to lay down a new mission for the august institution to be at the forefront of innovation in the image making field.

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