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This Synthetic Moment
Kwame Brathwaite, Untitled (Photo shoot at a school for one of the many modeling groups who had begun to embrace natural hairstyles in the 1960s), c. 1966, archival pigment print, 15 x 15 in (38.1 x 38.1 cm). Courtesy the artist and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles.

This Synthetic Moment

James Barnor » Kwame Brathwaite » David Hartt » Liz Johnson Artur » Zoe Leonard » Christopher Williams »

Exhibition: 18 Jan – 10 Mar 2018

Thu 18 Jan 18:00

David Nolan Gallery

24 East 81st Street, 4A
10028 New York



Tue-Sat 10-18

This Synthetic Moment
James Barnor, NIFA NIFA, 1974, Lambda print,
27 3/5 x 27 3/5 in (70.1 x 70.1 cm). Courtesy the artist and October Gallery, London.

David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present This Synthetic Moment, curated by David Hartt, on view January 18 through March 10, 2018.

A picture of one woman looking at another, a portrait
of a man holding a camera, a portrait of several
women in a schoolyard, a picture of a dancer
recumbent, and a picture of several ships.

A crisis of borders, a fold in time, a rupture in space.
An assertion of gradience.

I was having a hard time describing how I was feeling
and then Thomas said “synthetic” and it stuck in my
mind. I wanted something porous, a polymeric
structure where the voice, agency, geography, and
temporality of others collude to produce a
more compelling version of the world. Brixton, Los
Angeles, Accra, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, etc., spinning a
new distributed off-axis center.

I was having a hard time describing what I was
seeing. So I'll show you instead. Pictures of power
and pride and grief and desire and confusion and
community and celebration and abandonment and of
a wandering itinerant solitude.

I want to hold all of these things together in
this synthetic moment.

The exhibition brings together a disparate group of
artists who use photography almost as a will to power,
an assertion of their own positionality. A compound
description of the world as vast and contingent. -
- David Hartt, 2017