International Center of Photography Triennial Exhibit’s Final Weekend
By Chelsea Moore
The International Center of Photography’s third Triennial Exhibit will conclude its run Sunday. The exhibit, titled A Different Kind of Order, features work from 28 artists across the world addressing current social, economic and political issues.
Since its inception in 2003 the ICP Triennial exhibits have looked at the progressive developments of photography, video, and other multimedia visual representations of diverse subjects. Past exhibits have tended to focus on current social issues. The works that make up A Different Kind of Order continue this vision with pieces that explore “the new visual and social territory in which image making operates today,” the ICP says.
Artists used many different mediums to explore their subjects. According to the Institute, “A Different Kind of Order focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability.” Spanning the ground and first floors, the exhibit features photography, video, digitally modified and compiled images, and more multimedia pieces. A café offering wholesome snack options also occupies the ground floor.
Hito Steyerl, one of the 28 contributing artists, works predominantly with video. Her work is featured in a darkened room at the ICP, where visitors can rest for a moment on one of the room’s benches. The work displayed attempts to investigate “the constant slippage between visual truth and fiction.”
Another artist, Sohei Nishino, has two pieces from his Diorama Maps series on display. Nishino’s work explores different experiences of cities worldwide. He spends roughly a month exploring his subjects, taking photos all across the city then hand cutting and arranging the negatives into experiential maps. The image below shows the downtown portion of Nishino’s map of New York. Nishino’s map of Tokyo is also on display.
Additional subjects explored include the social implications of natural disaster increases global warming, a series documenting the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan in 2011 and many more.
The exhibition will close Sunday, Sept. 22. The International Center of Photography is located at 1133 Sixth Ave., New York. The Center is open Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.