There are two of us, so here are some pairings: shapers and shaped, intrusions and protrusions. Things that make an impression and those that have been impressed upon. Above the ground and the Underground, A side and B Side, center stage and backstage. All that glitters is gold, while beneath our feet the hammers ring and delvers dig ever deeper. We all carry an entrance, a cavern, a place of darkness and quiet. Where the sun don’t shine.
A young woman visits the underworld and gets a taste of something the light could never reveal to her. She will never be the same. Her mother, who happens to be the goddess of the harvest, is devastated because her daughter is changed, is no longer growing only towards the light. The daughter has launched roots, feeling their way in darkness, feeding on the fruits of decay, on the ongoing fruits of measureless life, past and passing into the present, which was always the future until today. The underground is where things transform. Dearest Persephone, please be advised, we can’t protect you from loving the dark.
CALL + RESPONSE + RESPONSE – presented by the International Center of Photography featuring the 2015 ICP-Bard MFA Candidates – is an immersive PHOTOVILLE 2014 exhibition that demonstrates how photography operates as a conversational tool that initiates engagement and triggers discourse.