Ruins And Fabrications

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Twelve Gates Arts


How is the photograph a place of ruin, and a form of fabrication? In Ruins and Fabrications, the artists Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Gauri Gill reframe the uses of the documentary and archival photograph. In its archaeological sense, a ruin is a site of excavation, a place relegated to a different time. Yet these same ruins shape the landscape of our present: we build over, layer upon, and live amongst ruins. Like the documentary photograph, a ruin is a material object that appears to capture the passage of time, only to tell us more about our present moment.


Ruins and Fabrications, an exhibition curated by Bakirathi Mani, was on display from November 5 to December 15, 2015 at Twelve Gates Arts. The exhibition was supported by a grant from the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility at Swarthmore College.
This exhibition was reviewed in The Phoenix.