2013 Gardner Fellow in Photography Named
|Table d'écolier de la serre, Ferme pédagogique,Tanger, 2011. C-Print, 150 x 150 cm. ©2011 Yto Barrada
"I discovered this whole space between minerals and plants; between contemporary economics and prehistory; between history and geography; between art and science.”
From Yto Barrada and Eyal Weizman, “Bones of Contention” Parkett 91(2012), p. 164
The Peabody Museum awards a Robert Gardner Fellowship of $50,000 to explore the human condition through photography and to offer an opportunity to create an exhibition and book featuring Fellowship work. New Gardner Fellow Yto Barrada follows in the footsteps of Fellows Guy Tillim, Dayanita Singh, Miki Kratsman, and Stephen Dupont. (See below for more on Dupont's Fellowship work on exhibit through September 2, 2013.)
Born in Paris, and raised in Morocco and France, Barrada lives and works in Tangier, Morocco. Her work has appeared internationally in exhibitions including Art Dubai, the Tate Gallery (London), the Fowler Museum (Los Angeles), MoMA (New York and San Francisco), Jeu de Paume (Paris) and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale. According to Phillip Prodger, Peabody Essex Museum’s Curator of Photography, “Barrada has a gift for finding personal intimate moments that capture the real-life effects of global trade and exchange.” Barrada’s artistic practice includes photographs, film, sculpture, and print publications, all of which she will create during her fellowship year to complete the project, “A Hole is to Dig.”
For “A Hole is to Dig,” Barrada will engage with the complex terrain of paleontology in her native Morocco. Since Spinosaurus (spine lizard), one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs, was first found in Morocco in 1912, dozens of paleontological expeditions have ventured into the Moroccan desert to explore bones preserved by the dry terrain. Today Morocco is an open site for scientific study, but public fascination with dinosaurs has made them subject to a new breed of predator: plunderers, from small time souvenir collectors to international antiquities thieves. Like other nations, Morocco struggles to protect and preserve its natural history and cultural heritage from the vast illicit market for antiquities of all types. Barrada will explore multiple human perspectives, from scientists, museums, and cultural heritage professionals, to those who collect fossils, and those who plunder and forge them.
"A Visual Feast...a Tribal Woodstock"
Behind the Camera with Photographer Stephen Dupont at Papua New Guinea Tribal Competitions
2010 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography Stephen Dupont describes the tribal competitions of Papua New Guinea--known as Sing-Sings--as "a tribal Woodstock," and a "visual feast for photographers." See how his colorful images portray the tribal contestants and others in this two and half minute video, as he explains his "outdoor studio" set-up and what he hopes to capture when he looks through the lens.
If you can't see the video, watch the video on the Museum's YouTube channel.
Watch last week's one-hour webinar (online seminar) "Photographic Moments: Past, Present, and Future in Papua New Guinea," with Stephen Dupont and Museum Curator of Visual Anthropology Ilisa Barbash. Dupont answered questions about his subjects and whether he pays them, the surprising history of the Sing-Sings, the impact of digital technology on Papau New Guinea, and how he uses diaries as a creative tool for research and as part of his artistic process.
The Peabody Museum exhibition Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries runs through September 2.