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Records (installation view)

Siemon Allen
Records (installation view), 2010. digital prints 80x80 inches each.

'Imaging South Africa': Collection Projects by Siemon Allen

Siemon Allen at Anderson Gallery, VCU

This exhibition will offer the most comprehensive presentation to date of Siemon Allen's 'collection projects'. Over the last decade, Allen has created expansive installations of various mass-produced ephemera—postal stamps, newspapers, audio recordings—that he has methodically acquired and catalogued. In terms of process, he approaches each project like an archivist, researching and assembling artifacts to disclose underlying narratives about their production, dissemination, use, and message. Allen employs the social critique that inevitably arises from his work as a means of interrogating what he describes as 'the contradictory and complex nature of South African identity'.

Encompassing all three floors of the Anderson Gallery, Allen's show will run concurrently with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' exhibition, 'Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa, 1950-Present'—a portion of which will be on view at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

27 August - 31 October



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