Artspace New Haven is the fourth stop for Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, a research project and a pedagogical tool that explores photography through the lens of collaboration. Conceived and produced by Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, Leigh Raiford and Laura Wexler, the project includes annotated notes on over 100 photography projects, created between 1860 to today. Artspace is the first venue to commission original projects that expand upon the project's eight major themes. Displayed on blue walls, commissioned works by artists Monique Atherton, Thomas Breen, Ed Gendron, Daniel Eugene, Rachelle Mozman Solano, and Thana Faroq, bring together a anti-hierarchical mix of street photography, photojournalism, fine art photography, and war photography, without calling attention to their differences. By showing the ways in which collaboration can happen before, during or after the moment a photograph is taken, the exhibition delivers a message of hope: harmful acts might eventually be repaired or reconciled through a return.
On the closing day of the show, Artspace hosted a day-long closing public program consisting of an Artist Talk and a Workshop led by Laura Wexler, Susan Meiselas, Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald and Leigh Raiford. During the workshop, participants were invited to deeply engage, modify, contest and contribute to the 100+ photographic projects and 8 themes.
top photos: Installation Views of Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, on display at Artspace New Haven, July 26 - September 14, 2020. Photos by Jessie Smolinksi. Photo Courtesy of Artspace.
bottom photo: Artist Talk, featuring Daniel Eugene. Photo by Sarah Fritchey.