BOOK OUT: Wawi Navarroza in GR-09022017, published by Fotogalleriet (Norway)

We are pleased to announce Wawi Navarroza’s inclusion in the book GR-09022017, which accompanies Fotogalleriet’s exhibition What Remains and includes work by over 100 photographers and artists, amongst them Alec Soth, Daisuke Yokota, Lorenzo Vitturi, Pieter Hugo, Katrin Koenning, Pipilotti Rist, Torbjørn Rødland, Trevor Paglen, Vivian Sassen, Wolfgang Tillmans. Launched earlier this year, GR-09022017 has been curated by Silja Leifsdottir, Charlotte Cotton, Pippa Milne, Edson Chagas, Nina Strand, Mariela Sancari, Mahmoud Khaled, Shimpei Takeda, Tim Clark, Ivan Galuzin, Alina Șerban, Beatrix Pang, and Anouk Kruithof.

The publication is inspired by the Voyager Golden Records, an archive established in 1977 and sent out into space as a coded record, intended as a greeting to extraterrestrial life and/or our future descendants. In the context of the 40th anniversaries of both the Golden Records and Fotogalleriet, this publication examines the notion of “photography today”, looking into the future and comparing it with the past. Contemporary art and photography, because it is always in formation, necessarily admits its own instabilities, its limits and powers, and how images and practices clarify social relationships as well as destabilize positions and scramble histories. Images do not smoothly translate between eras, or between places. There will always be friction and slippage within interpretation; time itself distorts, erodes, and recodes meanings. So to intentionally exclude art historians and artists from writing our history seems a mistake, as artists invent new tools with which to mine the rich interface between past, present, and future.

GR-09022017 book, in homage to the Golden Records (1977) sent to outer space

©Wawi Navarroza, Land, Untitled, bougainvillea

© Wawi Navarroza 2019
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