Maggie Steber’s “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma” is on view at Leica Gallery Los Angeles from September 12 through October 21, 2019.
“Over a lifetime we accumulate experiences that end up being like wallpaper in a house where our subconscious resides. The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma holds the photographs on that wallpaper, made in the shadows of a dark side of me that I have, as of late, begun to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and most private memories: my fear of knives, the dark figure that chased and often stabbed me in my dreams from early childhood to middle-age, my spiritual beliefs, my longings and love and all the other things that are wrapped up, not always so neatly, in someone’s life. In the Secret Garden there is danger but also beauty in a wild jungle that has been growing unfettered. The photographs address every experience I have had in an exterior world but are now being re-interpreted in my interior landscape. I credit Lily, my alter ego, with taking the pictures. What I might miss, Lily sees.”
The Enigma Room challenges perception–the fact of the photograph versus the mystery of digital alchemy. In this work, Ed Kashi allows coding to transform his extensive archive, spanning the globe over the course of four decades. Kashi has often been at the forefront of experimentation with visual language, and for this installation he embraces coding as the new mode of creation and consumption of photography.
In The Enigma Room, Kashi weighs truth against reality, searching for where the two intersect, and where they diverge. Through digital translation, this work weaves photographs, video, and audio, transporting the viewer to discover new planes of subjective realities. This visual journey immerses us in the physical and transcendent elements of life through cycles of chaos, calm, celebration, and rebirth.
The Enigma Room leverages the computational image to a new level of experimentation. Together with Michael Curry, Brenda Bingham, and Rachel Dennis, Kashi seeks to push the evolution of photography by deploying technology as a tool on par with the camera. The installation’s abstract connections link images across time, place, and context. The result is a dreamlike reverie that exposes the enigma of life.
BORN FREE – Mandela’s Generation of Hope
Twenty-five years ago in 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president and his nation was a free country. The segregation system of apartheid had ended; Mandela had high hopes for the youth.
The children born in the years following the end of apartheid are now young adults: the born-free generation for whom racial segregation is a thing of the past. They were to be the face of a new, free and successful South Africa.
Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s personal project, which has spread over 12 years, looks into how free the born-free are actually living, and how modern-day racism influences their day-to-day lives.
“When you think of what climate change looks like, perhaps you think of giant icebergs melting in the Arctic. But it’s so much more than that.” This piece from CNN features photos and words from photographers around the world, including VII’s Nichole Sobecki and Ed Kashi, that show us how the planet is changing.