Sofia Borges, "Yellow Chalk", 2017 MoMA

Sofia Borges participates in MoMA’s “New Photography: Being” exhibition

(New York, USA)

Sofia Borges is one of the 17 international and multi-generational artists chosen to participate in this year’s MoMA’s “New Photography” exhibition. Created in 1985 to present urgent and compelling ideas in recent photography and photo-based art, this edition of the biannual series is themed “Being”, or how can photography capture what is human.

The works showcased in the exhibition call attention to assumptions about how individuals are depicted and perceived. While some reinterpret the guidelines of conventional portraiture by masking, cropping and fragmenting their images, others reappropriate snapshots or found images to give them new meanings. Most interestingly, a portion of the photos displayed do not represent human bodies whatsoever.

Such is the case of Sofia Borges’ four photographs on view, a selection composed of four works (all of them acquired by MoMA) which includes a 3,5 x 5 m wallpaper piece, “Theater, or Cave” (2014). Depicting masks and models originally shot in museums, zoos, aquariums or archival collections – all institutions in which display mechanisms play a central role –, her work invites viewers to experience the artifice and spectacle of photographic representation.

“New Photography: Being” reflects on the rights, responsibilities and dangers inherent to being represented and representing others in the photographic medium. By exploring how ‘personhood’ is expressed today, the exhibition offers timely perspectives on issues of privacy and exposure; the formation of communities; and gender, heritage, and psychology. See some of the works showcased in “New Photography: Being” below. You can also hear the artists talking about their respective works in this link.

“New Photography: Being”, group show featuring Sofia Borges, Matthew Connors, Sam Contis, Shilpa Gupta, Adelita Husni-Bey, Yazan Khalili, Harold Mendez, Aïda Muluneh, Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương, B. Ingrid Olson, Joanna Piotrowska, Em Rooney, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Andrzej Steinbach, Stephanie Syjuco and Carmen Winant
Curated by Lucy Gallun
On view from March 18th through August 19th, 2018

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