Printing over a thousand of his own digital images, Kambui Olujimi invites gallery visitors to exchange pictures from their lives with selections from his photographic archive. Come with an image of any size, medium, style, and subject and leave with a photo of your choice. For those unable to bring pictures to the event, there will be limited facilities for on-site printing.
Kambui Olujimi (US) was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and his MFA from Columbia University. His work manifests collective psychic space in order to interupt notions of normality and inevitability. He has exhibited at Li Shui Photography Museum of China, The Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Finnish National Gallery/Kiasma Museum, The Polish National Gallery/Zacheta Museu, and The National Museum of Spain/Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Olujimi has received fellowships from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Apex Art Outbound Fellowship to Kellerberin, Australia, and was a two-year fellow at The Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown.
“A Life in Pictures” blurs the lines of biographical authorship in a world moving towards dematerializing means of communication, allowing guests to interject moments from their own lives into this larger life in pictures.
“A Life in Pictures” is an interactive installation created as an alternative to the dematerializing of social space. Along with an unprecedented proliferation of images and videos, there is also a drastic decline of physical exchange of media and experiences. Communal spaces have become a collection of separate, individual screens. This move away from the sensual to the virtual, this mediation of exchange, are indicative of our current digital age.
“A Life in Pictures” is a social space inviting visitors to exchange photos from their lives with photos from my own. Mining through a digital archive dating back more than ten years, I have printed 1200 photographs to be traded. As we have thousands of images forgotten and dormant in digital devices, participants are encouraged to review their digital photo archive and print out images they wish to trade. For those unable to bring photos to the event, there will be limited facilities for on-site printing. Participants are also invited to talk a little about the photos they brought and those they selected in interview booths.
“A Life in Pictures” seeks to extend the engagement of the art viewer, creating an environment for unplanned and unmediated exchange with other visitors. The project also blurs the lines of authorship and biography as visitors visit and revisit, contributing new images to A Life in Pictures.
ARAHMAIANI (INDONESIA) | ANDREW BARCO (US) | ANNA BERNDTSON (SWEDEN/GERMANY) | WAFAA BILAL (IRAQ/US) | JEFFERY BYRD (US) | PATE CONAWAY (US) | JESS DOBKIN (CANADA) | ZACKARY DRUCKER (US) | ARIANNA FERRARI (ITALY) | FRANCESCA FINI (ITALY) | BEVERLY FRE$H (US) | ANNA FELICITY FRIEDMAN (US) | ARTI GRABOWSKI (POLAND) | FAUSTO GRACIA (MEXICO) | ALLISON HALTER (US/GERMANY) | SARA HOLWERDA (US) | ELANA KATZ (US/GERMANY) | ELENA KATSULIS & ERIN PEISERT (US) | JOSHUA KENT (US) | MEHDI-GEORGES LAHLOU (BELGIUM) | CARLOS SALAZAR LERMONT (VENEZUELA) | MILLER & SHELLABARGER (US) | ŞÜKRAN MORAL (TURKEY) | MOTHERGIRL (US) | BORIS NIESLONY (GERMANY) | WANDA RAIMUNDI-ORTIZ (US) | JEFFERSON PINDER (US) | EMILIO ROJAS (MEXICO/CANADA) | KAMBUI OLUJIMI (US) | ROOMS (US) | FERESHTEH TOOSI (US) | ALICE VOGLER (US) | DOLORES WILBER + SARAH WILBER (US) | JULIE WILLS (US) | ZIERLE & CARTER (UK)