A Curated Group Exhibition of LensCulture Network Photographers

Discover 47 great photographs in the themed exhibition, “Borders, Boundaries, Edges” — the second curated show representing 30 international photographer members of the LensCulture Network.

Curated by Lisa J. Sutcliffe

Borders, boundaries and edges define a frame around an area or idea. A camera creates a border between the photographer and his or her subject while simultaneously offering an opportunity to frame a vision of the world. Many artists seek to bridge that gap, to connect with their subjects, while others choose to use it as a tool to gain access to new ways of seeing. Photographs allow us to blur the boundaries between public and private, universal and personal. Pictures suggest that borders, boundaries, and edges are only defined by the viewer.

This array of pictures represents a range of methods and styles that reflects the diverse practice of photography today. Some confront the borders and boundaries of national and political delineation, bearing witness to communities of people on the move. Others examine those at the margins of society. Moving through the sequence, artists begin to explore psychological thresholds and the edge of consciousness. The final pictures disperse into air, suggesting the potential transformation and fragility of self-proclaimed borders, boundaries, and edges.

— Lisa J. Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Meet the Curator, Lisa J. Sutcliffe

Lisa J. Sutcliffe is Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2015 the Museum opened the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, a 10,000 square foot gallery space dedicated to light-based media. In Milwaukee Sutcliffe has organized Penelope Umbrico: Future Perfect (2016), Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals (2016) and in 2013-14 partnered with Magnum photographers on Postcards from America: Milwaukee. From 2007-2012 she served as Assistant Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she organized Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories in association with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2012), and The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography (2009). She has organized film screenings, lectures and panels with internationally acclaimed artists and written about contemporary art and photography for diverse publications. She holds an MA in the history of art from Boston University, where she specialized in the history of photography, and a BA in art history from Wellesley College.

About this Exhibition and the LensCulture Network

What is photography, really, but a means to communicate and connect? Between the photographer and the subject, between the image and the viewer, from a culture far away to wherever we are, between a moment in the past and now. At the same time, photography can serve both as a means of connection and a barrier between the maker and the subject...

We launched the LensCulture Network with the idea of offering talented, accomplished photographers a place to showcase their work on a global stage while also giving them a place to share, learn and engage with one another. One major component of the LensCulture Network is its juried member exhibitions. Guest-curated by the world's leading photography experts, these regular showcases offer a vibrant platform for LensCulture Network members to share and view their work in new contexts alongside other members’ photographs.

Our second theme, “Borders, Boundaries, Edges,” was chosen in recognition of the tenuous state of the world at the beginning of 2017—everywhere we look today, it seems that another wall or barrier is being erected. Simultaneously, we are now more interconnected than ever: whether through technology, the environment or by virtue of the fact that the other side of the world is just a plane ride away.

This show was curated by Lisa J. Sutcliffe, an accomplished American curator. Her selection juxtaposes images produced by 30 different photographers, capturing moments from locations across the planet. We hope you find this group of photographs thought-provoking and inspiring, and we hope this is only the beginning of the conversation.


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