A Trillion Sunsets: Appropriation for the Personal and Political
A Trillion Sunsets: Appropriation for the Personal and Political
Visual Artists Guanyu Xu and Sheida Soleimani discuss their use of appropriation to examine political and personal histories in relation to their work on view in the exhibition A Trillion Sunsets.
International Center of Photography online
March 31, 2022 | 6:00 pm
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Guanyu Xu
Sheida Soleimani

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International Center of Photography
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About The Exhibition

A Trillion Sunsets: A Century of Image Overload takes a long look at our worries and compulsive fascination with the proliferation of photographic images. In the 1920s, with the rapid increase in illustrated magazines and daily newspapers, commentators asked whether society could survive the visual inundation. Artists looked to mass-media imagery and archives of all kinds to rethink the world around them. The artists of Dada, surrealism, pop, situationism, conceptualism, and postmodernism were all, in different ways, horrified and mesmerized by the seemingly endless supply of images. They cast a critical eye over the clichés, stereotypes, and repetitive images, and looked to unearth alternative histories and counternarratives. From scrapbooks to internet memes, from collage and image appropriation to art made by algorithms, A Trillion Sunsets highlights unlikely parallels and connections across distinct decades.

Image: Harry Callahan, Collages, ca. 1957 /  International Center of Photography © The Estate of Harry Callahan, courtesy Pace Gallery