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    Before This Falls Apart

    Featuring Kiah Celeste

    Dates: September 14 – November 7, 2021
    Events: Artist Reception, October 28, 5-9 pm

    Concurrent Receptions at 21c Museum Hotel, Moremen Gallery, and KMAC Museum with River City Tintype Portrait Sessions at 21c, October 28, 5-9 pm

    KMAC will present a solo show of new photographs from Brooklyn-born, Louisville-based artist, Kiah Celeste. As she resituates and transforms outmoded industrial and consumer objects into aesthetically charged modernist constructions, Celeste will create a new series of photographic images that trace her chance encounters with the materials and processes used for composing her sculptures. Her images will reveal the social implications about what it means to navigate the world as an artist working among the industrialized spoils of late-stage capitalism in the United States

    Celeste’s new photographs will capture her interactions with her ongoing series of recent sculptures using recycled industrial and synthetic objects. Recalling the chronicled performances of the African-American artist Senga Nengudiand the photographic sculptures of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, Celeste will return to her creative foundations in photography to produce a set of new images that document her engagement with her sculptures in situ, either in the natural and built environments where she finds most of her materials or in her studio where she relies on trial and error to discover how she can manipulate the objects that she uses to construct her sculptures and installations


    Featuring Myra Greene

    Dates: September 14 – November 7, 2021

    Greene’s photographic works most often appear as fragmented self-portraits using glass Ambrotypes.

    Born in New York, currently living and working in Atlanta, GA., artist Myra Greene’s exhibition at KMAC entitled Spectrum will feature her work in photography and textile. The photo-based work on view compiles images from two of her primary series, Character Recognition, 2006-2007, and the more recent Undertones, both using the nineteenth-century photographic method of ambrotype. Preceded by the daguerreotype process, ambrotypes were likewise fragile objects, developed onto glass, and were commonly used for portraiture, to document nature, and for medical and scientific research. Greene utilizes antique processes to confront the role photography played in the politicization of the Black body in nineteenth-century American culture. In a series of fragmented self-portraits, Greene places herself within this historical narrative of race and photography, revealing the way in which identities have been constructed through material culture. The historic portrayals of race and the body that are exposed in her photographs are further expanded upon when set amid her fiber works, bringing in the intertwined issues surrounding labor and the aesthetics and politics of color

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