Inter / Section
Rotterdam Photo, 2019
Todd Forsgren, Janna Ireland, Caroline Lacey, Michael N. Meyer, Matthew Moore

Every city is an amalgam of constituent parts pressed cheek to jowl. The five photographers in this exhibit walk the lines of division that separate, define and join the physical, visual, cultural and experiential spaces of our cities. Their differing approaches expose multiple facets of urban experience and photographic possibilities.

Todd Forsgren finds an enticing edge of culture in allotment and urban gardens throughout Europe, which limn the divide between urban/rural, public/private, modern/primitive, nature/nurture, and global/local.

At a moment when his legacy is threatened by redevelopment and decay, Janna Ireland documents the work of Paul R. Williams, the first certified black architect west of the Mississippi River. Williams built a thriving practice decades before the Civil Rights Movement designing municipal buildings, private residences, churches and commercial buildings.

Over a period of two years, Caroline Lacey photographed NadiA, a transvestite living in Soyapango, the poorest and most violent city in El Salvador. Lacey sheds light on the isolation, fear and ostracization of LGBTQIA, making palpable the pain but also the hope for the future.

Pushed to the glitched edge of its capabilities, Michael N. Meyer’s camera collapses perspectives and expands photographic time. This induced technological fritz shows a city hovering between being and becoming.

Using motion sensor cameras placed at the edge between forest and urban sprawl in and around Metropolitan Atlanta, Matt Moore reveals the creatures we know are there but rarely see.

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