Salon: Bettina John and Juan Zamora
Tuesday 31 July, 2012
The International Studio and Curatorial Program
1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Bettina John will present her current work that considers how identity is formed as well as Live-Image-Construction, a performative and participatory work that utilizes photography as a tool for interaction. John looks at how people manifest their identity in their appearance as well as what is behind that surface and investigates the insecurities a global life brings about, as well as displacement, isolation, anonymity and the construction of one’s image.
Juan Zamora will speak about his project Play dead, initiated during his residency at ISCP. Play dead is the scientific name of the natural state of paralysis that animals enter into when threatened. As part of the project, Zamora has drawn different animals playing dead, in addition to having a pigeon taxidermied in a final resting pose and displayed in his ISCP studio for the past six months. Zamora deals with issues intimately related to human existence. His work is based on drawing as an artistic position; he investigates complex concepts using simple, basic, gestural, and direct language. Zamora gets close to the viewer through the characters, space and situations he depicts on paper, mixing imagination with reality.