FIELD SEASON: records, wandering perspectives, side notes brings to view up to now rarely seen images of archaeological life from the Institute of Fine Arts’s excavations at Abydos, Egypt. With its monuments, tombs, temples, and imposing landscapes, Abydos was perhaps the earliest most revered site of the ancient Egyptians. It boasts a remarkable history of exploration, often times defining of the developing science of archeology, as we know it today. Photographers Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora will show a numbers of works, selected amongst the literally thousands of photographs that have accumulated in the expedition archives and in their personal archives over the past three years.
Each of these prints start form the premise that archeology does not begin nor end in institutions. Rather it remains to a large extent a localized practice with a direct impact, on foreigners and locals alike. Contradictions and overlaps attempt to bridge incomprehensible amounts of time, between those of today and those of long ago, between the knowledge of the present and the legacy of the past. These landscapes and portraits – in an expanded sense – migrate along the borders of those unraveling geographic and introspective spaces that alter mindsets, processes and patterns for the formation of knowledge. What is found and what is lost with the convergence of different generations, of cultures, philosophies and mythologies, becomes the lasting consequence of the work on view. Thus, side notes, records and wandering perspectives – reactions to the vastness of such weighty encounters.
The exhibition will be on view starting December at the Kimmel Galleries at New York University. All funds gathered through Kickstarter will be used for the framing of the work and installation of the show. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the catalogues and prints will go towards a fund for children and youth from Abydos, Egypt.
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