March 25 – May 31, 2021
Reception: Saturday, April 17, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center presents Archives Reimagined, an outdoor interactive exhibition featuring PPAC’s 2020–21 Artists in Residence: Lindsay Buchman, Maria Dumlao, Naomieh Jovin and Jay Simple. The artists probe, transpose and re-present public record, private memory, the documented and the ephemeral to bring images into conversations across time and space.
Archives Reimagined is the first of its kind for PPAC. The photographs are installed on the exterior of the Crane Arts Building ( 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia PA, 19122). Take a stroll around PPAC’s exterior walls facing N. American Street, N. Master Street, and Cadwallader Street. Audiences can experience the exhibition at any time of day.
Lindsay Buchman is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and publisher living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Her work explores image-making and writing through print and lens-based media, artist books, and installation. Pivoting between text and image, she is primarily concerned with the intersections of language, intersubjectivity, and site to puncture a sense of concrete time and space—both cognitive and embodied. Buchman holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from California State University Long Beach. Exhibitions of her work include the LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery; New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1; The Danforth Museum of Art; Icebox Project Space; and Torrance Art Museum. She has participated in artist talks and panels at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and The Print Center. Her work is included in the Rare Book Manuscript & Library at the University of Pennsylvania, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the New York Public Library. She is a recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, and her work has been featured in Hyperallergic and The Hopper Prize Journal. As an extension of her practice, she runs an independent artists' books and publications project, Seaton Street Press, to collaborate with artists through publishing and distribution.
Maria Dumlao works with combined media, including film, video, animation, sound, photography, embroidery and installation. Her work explores individual and collective history as mediated experience. Her work, History in RGB, combines images of history, popular culture, mythic folklore, landscapes, and creatures to propose alternatives to the systemic representations ordered by colonial narratives. Born in the Philippines, Maria immigrated to the US mainland, where she currently lives and works in the traditional territory of the Lenni-Lenape (Philadelphia area). She received a BA in Studio Art & Art History from Rutgers College and a MFA in Studio Art at Hunter College-CUNY. Maria's work has been exhibited, screened and performed in the US and internationally. Most recently she completed a commissioned installation for Auckland Museum and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Aotearoa New Zealand and awarded the Center for Emerging Visual Artist Fellowship and the Leeway Transformation Award. A selection of prints is also currently exhibited at Pearlstein Gallery (Philadelphia April 2-May 28) and Michener Art Museum (Doylestown through August 15).
Naomieh Jovin is a first-generation Haitian-American and a photographic artist. Her work utilizes appropriated photos from old family albums and incorporates her own photographs to illustrate resistance and intergenerational trauma, and how we carry the experiences of our past and our family’s past in our bodies.
Jay Simple is a visual artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Pamplin, VA. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Longwood University and founder of The Photographers Green Book, a resource for inclusion, equity, and diversity within the photographic medium. Working through photography and a variety of mediums, Simple examines historical and contemporary effects of colonialism and white-centric ideology within the context of the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Hampden Sydney College(2019) and Longwood University(2019), and group exhibitions at Jamestown Art Center(2020), Franklin Street Works(2020), and Longwood Center for Visual Arts(2020). He is also a 2020 Artist-in-Residency at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center and co-curator of Asterisks in the Grand Narrative of History at the Longwood Center for Visual Arts.