dismantling monolights

San Francisco Camerawork
January 21 
March 25, 2023

Curated by Jamil Hellu, the exhibition calls attention to the multidirectional ways in which contemporary artists are recontextualizing the canon of Western history while envisioning fresh perspectives for identity representation, visibility, and inclusion.

From photography to video, the exhibit presents works by Alanna Fields, Xandra Ibarra, Tarrah Krajnak, Forrest McGarvey, Marcel Pardo Ariza, and Aaron Turner.

Together, they confront colonial and patriarchal legacies and offer fresh perspectives to expand the cultural field of view beyond narrow frameworks ruled by gender and skin color. The plurality of their work defies marginalization and reflects the generative cultural state we are in.

Accompanied by a curator conversation and walkthrough with SFMoMA Assistant Curator of Photography Shana Lopes.

 Works by Marcel Pardo Ariza, Tarrah Krajnak, and Aaron Turner

Installation by Marcel Pardo Ariza

Works by Forrest McGarvey

Video still of Turn Around Sidepiece by Xandra Ibarra

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Installation photographs by Henrik Kam.
Exhibition generously supported by Michelle Branch.