Rat Hole Gallery is pleased to present ‘Women With Cameras’ the first exhibition in Japan by the New York-based artist Anne Collier (b. 1970, Los Angeles.)
Over the past 15 years Anne Collier has developed an extensive body of work that considers the nature and culture(s) of photographic images; exploring questions of perception and representation, and a consideration of how images – both professional and amateur - circulate. Rooted in research and the act of collecting, Collier’s practice negotiates the multiple histories of photography, considering the photographic image’s relationship with gender, autobiography, nostalgia, and what she has described as forms of ‘pop-melancholia’.
At Rat Hole Collier will debut a new 35mm slide projection piece ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’, 2016. The work consists of a sequence of eighty 35mm slides, each of which contains an image of a found amateur photograph that shows an anonymous female subject in the act of either taking a photograph or holding camera equipment. Sourced over many years by Collier from flea markets and online auction sites the images in ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’ date from the 1970s to the early 2000s, i.e. from the final decades of the pre-digital era of photography (and before cell phone cameras became ubiquitous.)
Each of these found photographs depicts scenes from other people’s lives; anonymous individuals recorded in both private and public situations. Each of the original photographs has at some point been discarded by its original owner. This act of ‘abandonment’ – of photographic images and the personal histories that they represent – is central to ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’, which is ultimately concerned with photography’s relationship with memory and loss. Presented as a slide show ‘Women With Cameras (Anonymous)’ animates photographic time (i.e. the still image) into something that approximates the durational time of cinema (i.e. the moving image.)
Anne Collier (b. 1970) studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, and the University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been presented in solo galley exhibitions at Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Corvi-Mora, London; The Modern Institute, Glasgow; and Galerie Neu, Berlin, among others. She has had solo institutional exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (both 2015); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Studio Voltaire, London, UK; Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (all 2014); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2011); ArtPace, San Antonio, TX (2009); Presentation House, Vancouver; and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (both 2008), among others. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fondazione Prada, Milan; ICA, London, UK; CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao, Spain; Les Recontres D’Arles Photographie, Arles, France; Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria; Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others.