We are pleased to announce that New Pictures 7 and the Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography will feature Stan Douglas, winner of this year’s International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award. The Vancouver native works in film, still photography and installation. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, including in three Venice Biennials and three DOCUMENTAs. Douglas’s photographs examine how images and memory shape our interpretation of history. To create his photographs, Douglas often assumes the role of a photojournalist who travels back in time to reinterpret key events in social and political history, such as the 1975 revolution in Angola and social riots in Canada during the 1930s and 70s. After conducting intensive research, he restages these events using actors, costumes, props, and sets. The final pictures are meticulously composed down to the slightest gestures and period styles.
At the MIA, Douglas will present six large-scale photographs examining the historical past and present. Three of Douglas’s prints addressing moments of historic social change will be installed in the Perlman Gallery (368) for the “Then” section. While the “Now” section will present three recent photographs of accumulated objects juxtaposed with artworks in the MIA’s permanent collection.
New Pictures 7: Stan Douglas, Then and Now will be on view from October 11, 2012 – February 10, 2013. The Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography will take place the night of the opening, October 11, 2012, 7-8 p.m., Pillsbury Auditorium. Please save the date for a big night of activity! Support for Newman Lecture is provided by the Arnold Newman Foundation.