|Chorography: In Search of the New American Landscape
October 31-November 25, 2011
Presented by United Photo Industries and the Athens Photo Festival
Curated by Sam Barzilay
A term first encountered in Ptolemy's "Geographia", and more recently rehabilitated by German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen,
purview has always been the provision of a systematic, detailed description and analysis of a region - pushing against the rigid boundaries of geography by seeking to record more than mere topography.
In her book "Tooth for an Eye",
expands upon this concept, eloquently defining chorography as "a form of geography that describes the inherent attributes of a place. These attributes may be physical, sociological, conceptual, metaphysical or sensory".
"Chorography: In Search of the New American Landscape"
Heavily influenced by geography throughout its brief history, the shaping of America's socio-political landscape has developed distinct cultural fault lines - ranging from the North-South ideological divide, to the "rugged individualism" credo of the West - that continue to influence social attitudes throughout each region.
And it is along these fault lines, at the crossroads of geography and human experience that our photographers' subjects lie, each inhabiting their own liminal state: between the physical and digital realms; between land and sea; between racial divisions; between loads. For it "is in these cracks, in the interstices of social structure, that [we] are most aware of [ourselves]" (La Shure, 2005).
Providing a visual exploration of the shifting social landscape in America - at a time of heightened economic uncertainty and social alienation - the exhibition
features photographs by Joni Sternbach, Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Matt Eich, and Tribble & Mancenido.
Athens Photo Festival
is the annual festival of contemporary photography in Greece, and a premiere event in Athens, organized by the Hellenic Centre for Photography. It is the oldest festival in Greece and one of the five oldest international festivals for photography in the world.