Black Mirror

group show

June 16 - July 20, 2015
Aperture Foundation, NYC

Photographs have been described as mirrors throughout the medium’s history. The twenty-four projects here reflect aspects particular to our current moment. Their concerns run the gamut, from how technology increasingly permeates daily life, such as in series that reference big data, Bitcoin, and WikiLeaks; to projects on the opposite end of the spectrum, about off-the-grid communities that have rejected contemporary life. Other submissions engage the misused landscape, utopian architecture, real-estate development, capitalism and magic, cultural dislocation, and the vocabularies of science and science fiction. Some works invoke a more ambiguous feeling of unease. As today becomes tomorrow and photography increasingly surrounds us, perhaps this medium provides our best gauge of where we are headed. -Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine