‘A Question of Time’: AAR Photographic Archive Exhibition Pairs the Contemporary and Historical

Tim Davis FAAR’08, Aqueduct Golf (The New Antiquity) (2009)

On Friday evening 24 September 2010 the American Academy Gallery hosted more than 250 visitors at the opening of an ambitious photographic exhibition, A Question of Time. The show, which runs through 15 October 2010, is part of the ninth edition of FotoGrafia: Festival Internazionale di Roma (24 September-24 October 2010). See here for a slide show of selected works on view at the AAR.

The Question of Time exhibition is the culmination of a two-year project directed by Alessandra Capodiferro (Curator of the AAR Photographic Archive), Marco Delogu (Director of the Rome International FotoGrafia Festival), and Lavinia Ciuffa (Curatorial Assistant of the AAR Photographic Archive). In all, the project comprised two workshops, two exhibitions (the first was staged in June 2009), and a catalogue. Throughout, work focused on the Aurelian walls and the city outside the walls—the famous Campagna Romana.

The workshops (May 2009, June 2010) invited leading contemporary photographers to study iconic images in the permanent collection of the AAR’s Photographic Archive. The artists then produced original works in response to the Archive’s images of ancient Rome. The exhibitions placed these contemporary and historical works side-by-side.

Photographers in the current exhibition on view in the AAR Gallery include Tim Davis FAAR’08, Marco Delogu, Juan Fabuel, Agnès Geoffray, Graciela Iturbide, Giuliano Matteucci, Tod Papageorge RAAR’09, and Leonie Purchas.

Tod Papageorge RAAR’09 and Deborah Flomenhaft

Current Fellow Seth Bernard with Motel Boomerang (The New Antiquity) (2008) by Tim Davis FAAR’08

All the components of this project–the catalogue, workshops and exhibitions–-were made possible by a generous grant from the Getty Foundation in support of the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome.

The exhibition is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm and from 4pm to 6pm or by appointment at +39 06 5846281 or photoarchive@aarome.org until 15 October 2010.

At far left, co-curator Lavinia Cuffa


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