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Exhibition Opening: "Magnum Occulta" Photographs by Whitney Evanson

oin us for the opening reception of our exhibitions of photographs by BCD Volunteer Whitney Evanson.

Reception: Saturday June 3, 2017 6-9pm
On view for the month of June during BCD Open Hours

Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt. - Frederich Nietzsche.

Whitney Evanson is fascinated by interpreting dreams, and theorizing the meanings of: memory, time, and space. She obsesses over the process within film photography and strives to know what it means to truly capture time in the form of analog film. The theoretical philosophical works of Roland Barthes and Walter Benjamin are a crucial influence to this series of images and all of her conceptual works.

In the photographic series created for her Master’s Capstone Project, she wanted to use photography to convey a sense of loss, with memory, time, and space. Evanson brought together the concepts and philosophical idea of ‘singularity of photography’ through the problems that photography gives to the beholder of the photograph. Her research and project focused on the Salem witch trials and the grassroots movement and rise of feminism within the EZLN in Chiapas, Mexico. 

How has women's autonomy developed from the time of the Salem witch trials to the place of women in grassroots movements? The female body, reproduction, use of the body to control and manipulate, ties between women and nature, ritual, and objectification can be traced across time and space within these histories. How are cultural identity, time, and place echoed throughout history, in collective memory and in tying the past to the present? This series draws connections between resistance, witchcraft, and its use to persecute radical women. It relates to pre-christian European religion, and pre-christian Mesoamerican religion in Chiapas. Hence the name of this show, MAGAM OCCULTA, which is Latin and translates into ‘witch of secrets’. This show will have specific ritual objects used within the series on display alongside the images to immerse the viewer in real time with what they are regarding within the photographs.

Earlier Event: May 31
Artist Talk: Daniel Ballesteros
Later Event: June 7
Artist Talk : Michael Littman