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Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
Özlem Altın. Topography (of time, of body) (detail). 2019

Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020

David Alekhuogie » Özlem Altin » Maria Antelman » Iñaki Bonillas » Sohrab Hura » Dionne Lee » Zora J Murff » Irina Rozovsky »

Exhibition: 28 Sep – 26 Nov 2020

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53 Street
NY 10019-5497 New York



Wed-Mon 10:30-17:30 . Fri 10:30-20

Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
Özlem Altın. Portal (Highpriestess). 2019

Each week, from September 28 through November 16, 2020, we introduced the work of a new artist in the exhibition on Magazine.

How do photographs speak to one another? Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020 traces conversations between images. Some happen between paired or pendant pictures that rely upon one another to convey a shared message; others use the visual rhyme or echoes that reverberate across multiple prints or in montage; still others occur between distinct photographic series that, woven together, deliver new or more complex accounts of the world.

By their very nature, photographic prints are iterative: an image captured on a single negative can exist in multiple printed forms, scales, proofs, or editions. Each corresponds to others that share its source, though sometimes their differences may be more immediately apparent than their similarities. Some photographers organize individual pictures into series or present them as books, enabling the construction of a sequence from one photo to the next. While many of the artists whose work is featured in Companion Pieces are accomplished photo-book makers, here they interrogate the expected cadence of a book (and we, too, are reading their images digitally, instead of in the form of a physical book that we hold in our hands). Some add new elements, interspersing them to build layers; others present a fragmented narrative, fashioned from distinct pieces that fit together anew.

Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
Sohrab Hura. Untitled from the series Snow. 2015–ongoing

This exhibition was conceived well before the pandemic forced us inside, physically isolating us from one another, compelling us to connect through our screens. We’d already become accustomed to the ways in which links thread one image to another through clicks. Artists cull images online, whether they come from generations past or were born in digital form and produced by the artists themselves. In realizing this exhibition on moma.org, we once again experience physical artworks—whether sculptural objects or framed prints on paper—as digital scrolls of images. And in our current reality of frequent looking online, we are eager for their companionship.

Since the first New Photography exhibition at MoMA in 1985, the series has introduced the work of almost 150 artists to wider audiences. This year, Companion Pieces brings together recent work by eight artists working in the United States and abroad: David Alekhuogie (American, born 1986), Özlem Altın (Turkish and German, born 1977), Maria Antelman (Greek, born 1971), Iñaki Bonillas (Mexican, born 1981), Sohrab Hura (Indian, born 1981), Dionne Lee (American, born 1988), Zora J Murff (American, born 1987), and Irina Rozovsky (American, born Russia, 1981).

Organized by Lucy Gallun, Associate Curator, Department of Photography.

Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
Dionne Lee. True North. 2019
Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
Irina Rozovsky. Untitled from Miracle Center. 2020
Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
Zora J Murff. Thalia (talking about Us)
from At No Point in Between. 2018
Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
Maria Antelman. Hall of Mirrors. 2020.
Pigmented inkjet prints and wooden frame structure,
38 1/4 × 19″ (97.2 × 48.3 cm).
Courtesy the artist and Melanie Flood Projects, Portland, OR. © Maria Antelman
Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020
David Alekhuogie. Target. 2019. Pigmented inkjet print on canvas, UV varnish, 48 × 54" (122 × 137 cm). Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. © David Alekhuogie