"Photographs and Papers", 1998

A collaborative installation by Kathy Lovas and Karen Simpson at Old Jail Art Center, Albany TX

"Photographs and Papers", consisting of photographs, shredded material, and tagged vinyl bags containing documents, was installed in an historic jail cell at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany. The enlarged photographs of childrens' faces show the effects of digitization with a large pixel Fisher-Price video camera and the television screen. Each is overlaid with a hand-written alpha-numeric code. The collected papers include real certificates, letters, and documents representing historic moments in the lives of specific people, as noted on the attached tags. The installation explored relationships between identity and anonymity, and the jail cell itself contributed an uneasy sense of voyeurism and panopticism.


"Photographs and Papers", 1998 (installation view)
Medium: photographs, documents, plastic bags, paper tags, string, cardboard boxes, and shredded paper
Size: variable depending on available space -
OJAC space 15x15' Photos 16''(W)x20''(H), plastic bags 9''(W)x12''(H)




"Photographs and Papers", 1998 (detail)




"Photographs and Papers", 1998 (detail)


"Photographs and Papers", 1998 (detail)

For press review of "Photographs and Papers", please click here.
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