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Tomas van Houtryve  CatchLight / Pulitzer Fellow. Contributing Artist at Harper's. See my work in major museums, Anastasia Photo gallery & with @VIIPhoto

Divided, my latest video installation has won First Place, Producer’s Choice Award from @centersantafe Video link: https://tomasvh.com/2018/05/09/divided-center-award/
Juror’s Statement: “This work took a very simple concept, a border wall between two countries, and visually infused it with all the complexities of the contemporary American debate. The ‘moving picture’ that tells this story, does so in a leisurely way, but clearly one that was thought out and executed with the utmost care and attention to detail. The ‘reveal’, at the end, lingers in your mind. This piece is not overly ambitious, but the artist’s ambition is right-sized to the storytelling and to the ability to tell it with a level of perfection that makes the story of Alta and Baja all the more relevant and impactful to the viewer.” — Keith Jenkins (@keithwj), Director of Visual Journalism, NPR
Artist Statement:
Since Baja and Alta California were divided by the seizure of Mexican land by the United States military in 1848, a political boundary has jutted into the Pacific Ocean. Over the years, the border has been reinforced from an imaginary line to a fence to steel barrier. This single-channel video installation focuses on the timeless repetition of lines of waves as they crash perpendicular into the barrier. The collision of waves is mesmerizing, and we notice unified lines of waves that are divided in two.

This work was supported by a @catchlight.io Fellowship in partnership with the @pulitzercenter
#border #everydaylafrontera @everydaylafrontera

Here's an image worth considering on #CincodeMayo : a map of Mexico and the US circa 1839, showing the original #border. #linesandlineage

Join me in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area this week as I present "Lines and Lineage," my @catchlight.io Fellowship project on the forgotten history of the Far West before it was seized by the U.S. in 1848. Who were the early inhabitants of the West? What did the original border landscapes look like?

Three upcoming events: • NYC talk at the @magnumfoundation #PhotoEx Symposium on Tuesday, May 1st. I'm scheduled to speak at 10:40am at this all-day event on challenging official histories with photography. Free, but RSVP required here: http://goo.gl/1v8pBJ • San Francisco exhibition opening Thursday, May 3rd at @sfcamerawork starting at 6:00pm: https://tomasvh.com/shows-and-events/lines-and-lineage-sfc-san-francisco/ • Bay Area artist talk at the @palo_alto_photo_forum on May 4th at 7:30pm. Moderated by Sally Katz of @sfmoma Tickets required:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tomas-van-houtryve-lines-and-lineage-tickets-43899133490

Thanks to CatchLight, @harpersmagazine @pulitzercenter and @baudoin_lebon for their support of this work. #LinesandLineage

I will be speaking about my Lines and Lineage project at the @magnumfoundation symposium in NYC on Tuesday, MAY 1. The full-day symposium will feature projects that question official histories and explore alternative narratives. RSVP via counterhistories.eventbrite.com
Lines and Lineage explores the missing photographic history of the West using 19th century techniques. The project is supported by @catchlight.io and @pulitzercenter
The symposium is in collaboration with @parsonsschoolofdesign at @thenewschool

Four ways to see my Lines and Lineage project:
1) Prints in NYC April 5-8 at #AIPAD2018 booth 205
2) Exposition in San Francisco May 3 - June 30 at @sfcamerawork
3) Artist talk in Palo Alto on May 4 at @palo_alto_photo_forum
4) Track down the Feb. issue of @harpersmagazine for the 12-page spread. • • •
The #LinesandLineage series questions the role that photographs—both present and missing—have played in shaping the identity of the West. Using a 19th century camera and glass plate negatives, I photographed landscapes along the pre-1848 Mexico-U.S. #border and portraits of descendants of early inhabitants of the West. #AIPAD @catchlight.io @PulitzerCenter @viiphoto @thephotosociety @baudoin_lebon #baudoinlebon

From the series Lines and Lineage: Nathan Alexander Steiner and Green River, 2017, diptych gelatin silver prints from #wetplate, 60 x 40 cm, currently on view in NYC at booth 205 at @aipadphoto (@baudoin_lebon gallery). The booth is also showing work by artists @ayanavjackson @julietteandreaelie @joelpeterwitkinstudio & #robertmapplethorpe . #aipad2018 #baudoinlebon #AIPAD #LinesandLineage @catchlight.io @pulitzercenter

Visible and UV portraits of @VIIPhoto member @edkashi • • •
Why does our skin look different in UV portraits? Human hair and skin contains melanin to block cancer-causing ultraviolet light from the sun. The melanin is produced in the deepest of the five layers of the epidermis. Unlike visible light, UV light penetrates the outer layers of our skin and is blocked by the melanin, appearing dark in the portraits. (Sunscreen and UV blocking glasses also appear dark.) It is often forgotten that the range of light that humans can and can’t see is by no means universal. Many animals—ranging from butterflies to cats to reindeer—see ultraviolet light. As we know, outwardly visible differences of melanin levels have been used by various human societies as a pretext for racial discrimination, subjugation, and enslavement. Viewing each other in UV light is a stark reminder of just how arbitrary and artificial melanin-based social hierarchies are. #Ultraviolet #UV

UV portrait of @VIIPhoto member @macieknabrdalik in Spain. #Ultraviolet #UV

UV portrait of @VIIPhoto member @dannywilcoxfrazier in Spain. #Ultraviolet #UV

UV portrait of @VIIPhoto member @maggiesteber in Spain. #Ultraviolet #UV

UV portrait of @VIIPhoto member @anushbabajanyan in Spain. #Ultraviolet #UV

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