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Sitebound: Photography from the Collection

Sitebound: Photography from the Collection

June 16, 2014 – September 1, 2014

Museum: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Location: Second Level

Sitebound invites viewers to consider the distinct qualities of a physical or temporal site through the supposedly objective means of photography. The works presented, which include several recent acquisitions, explore a wide range of themes, including leisure, landscape, shifting city infrastructures, genetic relations, and memory—both historical and personal, real and imagined.

Cinema, Anaheim, California, part of a series created by Thomas Struth at Disneyland; Catherine Opie’s “Inauguration” series; and photographs in Laurel Nakadate’s “Relations” series -- together, the images constitute both an indirect form of self-portraiture and a uniquely American family album. In Chapter V, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII, Taryn Simon also explores bloodlines, recording the incidents of chance and fate that surround a South Korean citizen abducted by North Korea.

Each of these works extends the concept of documentary photography in ways that allow for imagination and conjecture, and the sites that are at the core of these images emphasize identification and investigation.