Please join us at Tops Gallery December 7th from 6-8 for a closing reception to celebrate Between Worlds by Victoria Sambunaris. Since her show opened at Tops in October, Victoria has been photographing on the US /Mexican border. As she makes her way back to New York with her tent securely fastened to the roof of her car she will stop briefly in Memphis as we toast her safe return with TEQUILA!
For the last 12 years, photographer Victoria Sambunaris has traveled extensively by car exploring the transformation of the American landscape. Her work has led her to significant industrial, political, and geological areas of the country including Alaska’s North Slope, the Yellowstone hotspot, the Snake River Plain, and the US-Mexican border. Sambunaris has stated that “my process begins with an unmitigated curiosity inspired by research into industry, culture, history, anthropology, geology and ecology. My motivation to traverse the American landscape is an attempt to reveal the layers of a place. I resist approaching a landscape strictly as an expanse of scenery but view it as an anomaly with an abundance of information to be discovered.”
For her exhibition with Tops, Sambunaris presents large-scale photographs of southern cavern systems and the Snake River Plain. These photographs were selected for their relationship to the subterranean nature of the Tops gallery space and its close proximity to the Mississippi River. In addition, Sambunaris will exhibit a special installation of ephemera including a 1931 bulletin on the artesian well supply in Memphis, local maps ranging from 1916 to 1970, a selection of minerals, and several books referencing the region. A special 11x14 inch print (pictured above) from Sambunaris’ newest series of work engaging the border between the US and Mexico will also be on view and offered exclusively through Tops Gallery in an edition of 20.
Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been following the US/Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics, and culture along the volatile international boundary. She is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award. In 2011, a twelve-year survey of her work was exhibited at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York and will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in January 2013.
For details on the exhibition of Victoria Sambunaris photographs, future projects, or Tops’ program, please contact: the gallery at email@example.com
Tops Gallery is located at 400 South Front Street, Memphis, Tennessee (basement level, entrance on Huling), and is open for viewing by appointment only.
Victoria Sambunaris at The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the “Make Reservation” button below:
In this unique dialogue, Matthew Coolidge, founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Victoria Sambunaris, photographer, discuss their photographic practice and shared interest in landscape as a photographic subject. After individual presentations of their work, Coolidge and Sambunaris converse and take questions from the audience.
Founded in 1994 and based in Culver City, the Center for Land Use Interpretation exists to stimulate discussion, thought, and general interest in the contemporary landscape. The Center develops exhibitions and other resources to increase understanding of the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface. Matthew Coolidge serves as project director, photographer, and curator of exhibitions organized by the Center. He has taught at the California College of the Arts and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004.
Photographer Victoria Sambunaris, who participated in the Wendover Residence Program operated by the Center for Land Use Interpretation in 2004, has been interested in landscape ever since she became a photographer. A nomad of sorts, Sambunaris structures each year of her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. These journeys have taken her throughout the Northeast, across the western plains, to the Salton Sea, Petrified Forest, and around the mines of Nevada. She has traveled to Alaska and through the Arctic Circle to reach Prudhoe Bay. Most recently she followed the United States—Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics, and culture.
Complements the exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape.
“I’m trying to convey that it is one: one landscape and one place, although they’re two different countries.” -Victoria Sambunaris
We’re thrilled to connect you to one of the most respected and well-known American landscape photographers, Victoria Sambunaris. We caught up with our good friend and expert road tripper, who is photographing the intersection of geology, politics and culture along the volatile, international border between the United States and Mexico. For over 10 years, Sambunaris has structured her year around a photographic journey crisscrossing the American landscape, so she definitely knows a thing or two about food on the road. In answering our 3 questions, Sambunaris took us straight to the heart of the beautiful and delicate world of border life; a world Americans have strong opinions about but few have personally experienced.
Victoria Sambunaris, “Untitled VS-03-16 (Alaskan Pipeline at Atigun Pass, Brooks Range)” 2003 Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection