Ekphrasis: Eight Artists Respond to Images from the History of Photography


Cassilhaus, Durham, North Carolina
May 6 - June 30th, 2018 


Ekphrasis draws on the long history of ekphrastic poetry – poems that in some way respond to a work of art, usually through description, interpretation, or critique. In this exhibit, eight contemporary artists have responded in various mediums to images significant in the history of photography. Andrea Donnelly's inverted positive/negative weavings create a visual poem responding to Anna Atkin's botanical cyanotypes, and Max Adam's finely detailed graphite drawings subtly alter one of Eadweard Muybridge's Horse in Locomotion series. Featuring photography, weaving, drawing, painting, collage, poetry, sculpture, and music, Ekphrasis offers a broad sweep of photographic history through contemporary eyes. 


Featured artists included Lisa McCarty, Anna Atkins, Andrea Donnely, Max Adams, Eadweard Muybridge, Damian Stamer, Dorothea Lange, Danielle Durchslag, Margaret Sartor, Franny Choi, Gordon Parks, Amanda Hollomon-Cook, Alison Rossiter, Kamara Thomas, & Alec Soth.

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