MODA CURATES 2020
MODA Curates 2020 presents Reframing the Passport Photo curated by Hannah Morse and A Bottomless Silence curated by Rotana Shaker here online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you enjoy the images of exhibition works, descriptive text, links to reference sources, and the MODA Curates 2020 brochure.
MODA Curates is an annual opportunity offered by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies Program for outstanding curatorial proposals related to students’ theses.
A Bottomless Silence
The exhibition A Bottomless Silence borrows its name from the anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s text “Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History.” Taking his main thesis of power and its dissemination through the act of recording, A Bottomless Silence looks to the work of contemporary artists Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Jumana Manna and Walid Raad to interrogate the ways in which we know, experience, and build meaning around the past.
Reframing the Passport Photo
Reframing the Passport Photo uses the passport as a lens through which to view contemporary issues associated with the globalized world: migration, nationalism, access, belonging, and personhood. Exhibiting four artists whose work references the passport photo—Martina Bacigalupo, Tomoko Sawada, Stephanie Syjuco, and Sheng Qi—the exhibition explores the premises that underlie modern identification practices, exposing the growing gaps between personal identity and state-sanctioned identification. Together, the works shed light on the assumptions embedded within the international passport system and the social stratifications they perpetuate.
Hannah Morse, Rotana Shaker