Scott Wiener "The Luxury of Distance"

Weill Art Gallery/ 92nd Y

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“The Luxury of Distance,” Scott Wiener’s new exhibit of eleven large photographs at 92nd Street Y’s Weill Art Gallery, tackles the thorny issue of representations of the Holocaust. Wiener’s starting point is Theodor Adorno’s statement, “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” Acutely aware that depictions of the concentration camps ultimately aestheticize them, Wiener seeks to create what he calls “a kind of poetry in reverse” – using the traditional photographic language of beauty in nature combined with our knowledge of where the photographs were taken.

Wiener also recognizes that while we all use photographs to help us re-constitute the past, those photographs are not themselves the past – they are mnemonic devices at best. Rather than fight the gap between our internal sense of the past and the current reality of photographs, Wiener makes use of it. As Robert Gilson, the Director of 92nd Street Y’s School of the Arts, notes, Wiener’s “deliberate act of turning away and photographing the landscape is as much an act of defiance as it is a recognition of the inability to convey the horror of the past in the reality of the present.”



from March 03, 2012 to March 07, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-03-03 from 17:00 to 19:00


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