First of our lecture series co-sponsored by CACE IS Thursday, February 2nd, 4:15PM
Lia Chavez: “The Revitalized Gaze: Nudity, Molten Bodies, and the Spectatorship of Intimacy”
Lia Chavez is a New York based artist who is a photographer, dancer, and choreographer. Exhibitions of her dreamlike, elegant photographs, videos, and performances include Hillman plus Chavez at Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta (2010) and at Affirmation Arts in New York (2008), Detournement Venise, Parallel Worlds at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009 TINA B. – The Prague
Contemporary Art Festival, the 2009 Armory Show VIP program, Nightcomers at the 10th Istanbul Biennial, and Shot and Go: A Vision of Today’s International Photography at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Whether pondering mysteries of the night sky or working in my
blackened studio or darkroom, I am interested in the interplay between
light and dark and how together they conspire to author an experience.
Exploring links between the formation of heavenly bodies and earthly
ones, I research – through movement in space – an “aurorean body”
which, like many undulating forms in the heavens, cannot be precisely
measured, categorized, or diagrammed. I work across a wide range of
experimental photographic techniques and alternative processes, at
times fusing analog with digital and old photographic techniques with
new ones. There is one key exception, however: I do not use digital
manipulation to achieve my results.