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Curreri, Chris
Man and Woman #2, circa 1960
2005

“Man and Woman #2, circa 1960” is part of a series using vintage photographs of couples from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The shapes of the figures are outlined with pin size holes and the backside relief is photographed reducing the image to a dotted outline, devoid of any identifying context or content. What is left is a kind of anti-photograph, a counter to the mimetic exactness of the source image; Curreri’s couples could be anyone. The character of the original backing is also integral to the power of the work allowing it to be read as a subtle commentary on the frailty of all commemorative devices, or as a violent attack on photography’s questionable claim to capturing history. The piece provides an austere suggestion of an intimate braille gesture of a scenario/portrait.

 
Curreri, Chris
Toronto ON 1978
Man and Woman #2, circa 1960
2005
C-print
overall: 53.8 cm x 75.5 cm
Gift of Herbert O. Bunt, 2007
50-017.13

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