At the core of LOOK3′s programming are the INsight Conversations held in the historic Paramount Theater. With the purpose of celebrating and honoring the careers of the most influential living photographers of our time, this three-night event offers audiences the rare opportunity to listen and learn from the artists who have helped define the art of picture-making. Large-scale projections of the artist’s work accompany these on-stage, one-on-one conversations between the artist and interviewer. Each INsight Artist also exhibits a special solo show at one of Charlottesville’s downtown art galleries.
INsight Conversation Schedule
Tim Laman – Wednesday, June 12, 7:30pm
Carrie Mae Weems with Deb Willis – Thursday, June 13, 7pm
Richard Misrach with Alex Chadwick – Friday, June 14, 10am
Susan Meiselas with David Levi Strauss – Friday, June 14, 11:45am
Michael Nichols with David Quammen – Friday, June 14, 4pm
Josef Koudelka with Anne Wilkes Tucker – Saturday, June 15, 11am
Martha Rosler – Saturday, June 15, 4pm
Gregory Crewdson with Alex Chadwick – Saturday, June 15, 5pm
Featured INSight Artists
Known for elaborately staged large-scale photographs, Gregory Crewdson builds his images elementally, working toward the moment where a story emerges.The photographs from Beneath the Roses take place in the homes, streets, and forests of unnamed small towns and portray emotionally charged moments of seemingly ordinary individuals caught in ambiguous and often disquieting circumstances.
Josef Koudelka was thirty years old in 1968. He had committed himself to photography as a full-time career only recently, and had been chronicling the theater, and the lives of gypsies, but he had never photographed a news event. That all changed on the night of August 21, when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending the short-lived political freedom in Czechoslovakia that came to be known as the Prague Spring.
Susan Meiselas received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in visual education from Harvard University. Her first major photographic essay focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England county fairs.
Since the 1970s, Richard Misrach has helped pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large-scale presentation that are in widespread practice today. He has worked in the landscape for over 40 years, taking a multi-faceted approach to the study of place and man’s complex relationship to it—a theme perhaps best represented in his ongoing series, Desert Cantos.
For Michael “Nick” Nichols, it’s all about passion – finding a powerful way to document or glorify something you care about. He is also driven – by the work ethic born of a tough upbringing, and by a need to express himself, but later by the injustices he saw in the way we treat nature. ‘I found the vehicle in photography, I found the cause in the environment, and I found the patron in National Geographic.’
Martha Rosler works in photography, video, performance, sculpture, and installation. Her work often addresses matters of the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life—actual and virtual—especially as they affect women. Rosler’s photographic series on places of passage and systems of transportation—airports, roads, subways, streets—have been widely exhibited. Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the “national security climate,” connecting everyday experiences at home with the conduct of war abroad.
Carrie Mae Weems uses photographs, text, fabric, audio, installation, and video to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems. Her vibrant use of mixed media revitalizes traditional narrative forms of documentary, self-portraiture, and oral history, while debunking racist and sexist labels, examining the relationship between power and aesthetics, and using personal biography to articulate broader truths.