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“true confessions in progress”

Robin Graubard

March 30 through April 29, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, March 30, 7-9 pm

Agape Enterprise is pleased to present “true confessions in progress,” a solo exhibition by Robin Graubard, which consists of an installation of her newest photographs and a video work of the same title newly produced for this exhibition in collaboration with Agape Enterprise.


Through a compilation of images that are diverse both in content and production methods, Robin Graubard’s work destabilizes categories that define documentary/autobiography, personal/political, differentiation/identification, and photographic genres while obscuring hierarchies of photographic production.


 Applying decades of her experience as a journalist, Graubard’s work investigates diverse spheres of our society including political affairs, the lives of the wealthy and the poor, provincial family life, youth culture, drug culture, bohemian lives, and warfare, both in the United States and the so-called “third world.” In an attempt to organize the seemingly chaotic world, Graubard amasses these images into meta-autobiographical histories. The cycle of power/victimization/resistance suggested by her assemblage reveals the ambiguity of her own subjectivity as a photographer, which is constructed through both “othering of” and identification with her subjects.


 While the majority of images in her photographic assemblage are of “public” spheres, her video work focuses on her “private” affairs. It interweaves images of the artist’s family gatherings, her solitary walks on the seaside and countryside, a scene from Bresson’s film and her collection of family photographs, letters, notes and other documents that she acquired through traveling. Her video conveys a feeling of an outsider/displaced person both at home and on travel; a yearning to be released, and a desire to be accepted. The work is shot handheld with an i-phone and a digital camera. The camera work restlessly roves, searches, rotates, loses and finds its focus, and reveals her approach to the world as a photographer.  The melancholy of the work reaches moments of clarity and beauty, as the clouds on the beach give way to moments of sunlight and warmth.


Robin Graubard was born, lives and works in New York City.  Her exhibition history includes “Incomplete” White Columns (2011), “New Age End of the World” Taxter & Spengemann (2011), “The Hold Up”, Participant Inc (2010),  “Lush Life, curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud ((2010), “50 Artists Photograph the Future” Higher Pictures (2010), “Presumed Innocence” DeCordova Museum (2008), “Noise: Young American Photography” TH-Inside Milan and Berlin (2007), “The Doll Hospital” Anthology Film Archives (1998), “Indigestible Correctness I” curated by Rita Ackermann & Lizzi Bougatsos, Participant Inc., (2004).  She is a recipient of The Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant and has been nominated for two Pulitzer prizes.  Her photographs have been published in The New York Times, Paris Match, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Berliner Morgenstern, The European, Unicef, International Rescue Committee The New York Post and others.  In 1976 Graubard produced, directed and edited a film of The Tallking Heads and The Ramones.


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