Working with a common 35mm point-and-shoot camera, Melissa Catanese makes photographs that are not so much about the everyday objects and events in front of her lens as how using a camera structures the photographer’s interaction with those things. The uneven illumination of a harsh flash at night, for instance, aptly demonstrates the photograph as a particular type of response, the record of a reaction. Catanese makes the pictures as personal documents, and they retain a sense of casual discovery. Drawing on the vernacular of snapshots, there is something understandably familiar in her pictures of a dog with redeye or sunlight filtered through tree branches, a familiarity that underscores the curious fact that certain things continually compel us to make pictures of them.
Melissa Catanese was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design (2001) and an MFAfrom Cranbrook Academy of Art (2006). Exhibitions featuring her pictures include RaiseUp2 (at C. Emmerson Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL; ADM Gallery, Los Angeles; and Omy Gallery, Toronto); Keep it in the Family, En Rounte, Relics, and Cul de Sac(all at Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI); and Interface (at the Cleveland Institute of Art). Her work has been published in tiny vices, From Here on Out, RaiseUp Volumes I and 2, and as the monograph Stardust.
Myr Muratet was born in Paris. His work involves cities, both those he lives in and those he visits, and he carries it out from within their very sinews. The comings and goings in the places that he observes multiply according to his encounters with the people he photographs. This work has been under way for several years and has no determinate duration; in this way, he has created Paris-Nord, a series of photographs begun in 2003, about the people who use the Gare du Nord and about the mechanisms put in place to coerce and contain them.
The series that he has already begun overlap one other and together constitute a kind of addendum to the topology of the forms and mechanisms that are adopted by the agents of the processes, processors and other procedures that are involved. Without interrupting these series, Myr Muratet has shown more recently in WASTELAND the results of hugely destructive policies and the work of “sanitation professionals” under the boot of the petty bosses of the “Administration of containment.” In this work in progress, he investigates the notions of occupation and invasion in the abandoned urban areas of Seine-Saint-Denis. One might say that it is a way to make a fixed photographic representation of a systematic concatenation of methods of counterinsurgency, and then to go beyond it. The intersection of these different series reveals the stakes of domination and abuse exercised by all powers, be they digital, economic, or aesthetic. A paltry gesture perhaps, but NONETHELESS effective, at least as a lament and clearing of the accounts for these wounded spaces and the people who inhabit them: Cantos de mala compensación.
Myr Muratet, a 21st-century Vorticist, exposes you to it.
Vacant Lot para Una Pietà Burlada
Margaret Durow is a young photographer based in Wisconsin.
She is inspired by connections, the way now is made of everything that has come before, constantly changing and continuing. She is inspired by the way small moments and capturing light can express this. She wants to preserve this feeling, of everything being so meaningless yet equally important – always changing and ending, yet renewing/cycling, and everlasting.
She needs to take photos so she can look back at them later and remember how she felt. She usually spends her free time by herself or with close friends and family. Her experiences are often intimate, and fill her with nostalgia. She shares her photos because she wants to share this experience of looking at a photo from the past and feeling the way she did when she took it. She hopes she can express to others how she felts, and makes them feel it too.
Ruth McMillan makes pictures of things and people that catch my eye, ordinary yet unordinary, special moments, particular colour and pattern formations, and his muse Sandra, in places where they go or end up, to capture memories because that is important to him.
His work is a celebration about a life that he could “never have,” but that he is now living. His response to escaping depression. A love story. A wide eye opening to this world, particularly to small, simple, overlooked and humble objects, places and happenings. A visual and poetry based, non-daily, diary.
Ruth McMillan is from N. Ireland, but he is now living and working in Glasgow, UK. All of his photographs are taken with film.
1970. Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
She has studied History at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Photography at Goldsmiths College (University of London). She is interested on documentary photography as a field of research and artistic creation, and has been doing projects on the relationship between people and their environment. In 2009, she is nominated for the most prestigious prize on Portuguese Contemporary Photography – Besphoto – for her book and exhibition ‘Portobello’.
She has shown her work regularly in Portugal (Museu Berardo, Fundação de Serralves, Encontros da Imagem de Braga, or Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra) and in Europe (Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts of Liège,(BL) Galerie Nouvelles Images in Den Haag (NL), Forum für Fotografie in Köln (DE) or Pôle Image Haute Normandie in Rouen (FR)).
Since 2002 she is a member of POC/Piece of Cake, a network of European artists working with photography and video, and participates on collective shows and workshops with this group in Portugal, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Holland and France.