DAM - Benjamin Rasmussen Month of Photography Lecture Thursday

Benjamin Rasmussen Month of Photography Lecture
Month of Photography Lecture | Benjamin Rasmussen
Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:00–8:30 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm
Hamilton Building - Lower Level
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Benjamin Rasmussen grew up in a family of missionaries in rural Philippines and questions of home, community, and identity were endemic to his childhood experience. These human connections have continued to drive his photographic practice. In Down Hernani Shores, Rasmussen documents the destruction and rebuilding of the town of Hernani, Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Combining portraiture and landscape work, along with drawings by the town’s children, he reveals the effects of the typhoon on the residents’ lives and livelihoods. By the Olive Trees, a collaborative work with Michael Friberg self-published in newspaper format, presents the olive tree as a marker of permanence in a place defined by its tenuousness—the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.
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Image credit: Benjamin Rasmussen, from By the Olive Trees, 2015. © Benjamin Rasmussen

Upcoming exhibition:

Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013
August 13, 2017 – November 12, 2017
Hamilton Building - Level 1

Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, is the first comprehensive American exhibition of critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh’s work. The more than two-decade-long career of the Kenyan-rooted and American-born artist has focused on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his documentary-based photography practice.
The exhibition features more than 100 portraits and landscapes chronicling individuals living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, many times as the result of war, exploitation, and poverty. Common Ground will survey works that span a period from 1989 to 2013, offering deeper insight into major world events, racial strife, and mass global displacement in places such as East Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the Netherlands. Stories told through Sheikh’s pictures focus on survivors, orphans, and victims of violence and abuse.
Sheikh’s series of photographs have earned him countless awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Henri Cartier-Bresson International Grand Prize, and the Luce Humanitarian Award, among many others.
Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, is organized by the DAM. It is presented with the generous support of donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.
Image credit: Fazal Sheikh, Afghan girl born in exile, Pakistan, 1998, from the series The Victor Weeps. © Fazal Sheikh

Upcoming lectures:

Anderman Photography Lecture Series | Matthew Brandt
Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00–8:30 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm
Hamilton Building - Lower Level
Lecture tickets are $5 for students, DAM members and CPAC members, $12 for general admission.

Matthew Brandt pushes the limits of the photographic medium with physical manipulations of his prints and unusual, even bizarre, material choices like bees, candy, cocaine, and dust. While his work is rooted in process, the choices he makes intricately tie the making of his art to the subjects he depicts.

Brandt uses the inherent instability of photographic materials as a key component of his artwork. In hisLakes and Reservoirs series, he degrades enlarged, snapshot-like photos of lakes by dripping and pouring water collected from these lakes over the surfaces of the prints. The water selectively removes dye layers from the photograph, revealing flowing streaks and blotches of vivid cyan, magenta, and yellow beneath the picture. In Pictures from Wai'anae, Brandt draws on the power of nature to transform his work: the large-scale photographs are shrouded, buried, and unearthed bearing the marks of their time spent in the soil of a family farm in Hawaii.

Please join us to hear Brandt speak on his work and his process.
The Anderman Photography Lecture Series presents talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today. Series funding is generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Image Credit: Matthew Brandt, Lost Lake, WY 2, 2013 from Lakes and Reservoirs. ©Matthew Brandt.

Save the date:

Anderman Photography Lecture Series | Alejandro Cartagena
Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:00–8:30 pm
Hamilton Building - Lower Level
Image Credit: Alejandro Cartagena, Carpoolers #1, 2011-2012. Image courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery and artist.


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