February 24-March 27
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 27, 5-6 PM
Nicholas Wynia Artist Statement
From Tumbes to Irene
by Nicholas Wynia
This body of photographs is both a reaction to the physical and an attempt to photograph the invisible. The physical locations of these black and white analog photographs are tied to the history of 16th century Imperial Spain. The imagery that has been observed resonates out of a personal library of experiences, words, and imagination. The work is based in the habitual pleasure of looking at the way the world falls together and apart. This process of being and looking is derived from a tradition of street photography. These photographs investigate the ever-present theme of conquest, yet are not tied to an all-discernable story. The possible narratives that occur outside the frame and before and after the shutter release are left to the audience. The camera has acted throughout this work as both a friend and archivist. A small and discrete machine, it whispers directions and confirms decisions. This analog process makes time instantly physical, yet not immediately seen. This lack of immediacy gives me the pleasure to contemplate, imagine, and hope that its recollection of events reflect my own.
The city of Tumbes lies on the northern coast of Peru near the Ecuadorian boarder. The writer Italo Calvino imagined the fabled city of Irene.