This Room Will Survive Me
July 29 – August 18, 2021 (Project Room)
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Cindy Konits: This Room Will Survive Me
The photograph does not necessarily say what is no longer,
but only and for certain what has been.
—Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
In my resistance to transition from film to digital photography, I discovered a compromise in a corner of my studio closet. An obsolete professional instant camera replete with bellows for effect and manual F64 aperture for long exposures enabled tactility with film, emulsion and a singular print. This process now relegated to the past uniquely suits my fascination with investigation of the past and its traces in the present.
In the Spring of 2019 I began photographing myself in long yellow and red rays of seasonal sun near windows and open doorways. I sought light and shadows in passages between rooms of my house and surrounding nature. In a meditative state near room contours where light flooded my body, I counted long estimated exposures to experience and portray the significance of a room in my encounter with interior emotional and psychological space.
So much of early life is lived in rooms of a house and its natural surroundings. The architecture itself resonates deeply with the relationships, emotions and words spoken in it over time. We embody this space and time for the venture out into the world. The spaces of known architecture are integral to sense of self through time, and the flow of life will forever be a rhythm between home and away.
The photograph’s magical facility as witness to time and past reality allows me to see myself continually evolving while staying the same, a ghost of previous selves. In this series I move through new spaces of rooms and surroundings in the visual context and texture of introspection. I recognize, anticipate, and employ a light beam before it vanishes and learn what I never knew about myself. My intent is that these images set the stage for similar mind and space-time contemplation by the viewer.
“These images have an echo and they are heard and touched as much as
perceived by the eye.” (Juhani Pallasmaa, “Torsos in Space, Light and Time: The Polaroid Images of Cindy Konits”).
Cindy Konits’ work explores complexities of family history and memory in the face of evolving technologies. Her projects are lens-based, incorporating traditional and experimental digital and analogue methods and content. While her early work was primarily documentary in style, her present work is becoming increasingly conceptual and personal in a visual context and texture of self-reflection, with the intent to evoke the same on the part of the viewer.
With a BA in Psychology and Education and Urban Planning masters degree, her first experiments with photography generated solo documentary photography shows. The Jewish Historical Society in Baltimore MD received an NEH grant to mount and travel the exhibition “Now I See Kiev in My Dreams: Words and Pictures of New Americans”, create catalogue, gather Russian oral histories and community programming, travel the shows and create adjunct programming. The Museum of Industry Baltimore MD received an NEA grant to travel “Best Woman For the Job”. She was awarded a full merit scholarship to the Maryland Institute College of Art MFA program, after which she became adjunct Associate Professor at Stevenson University, MD, teaching Photography and Video Art. Cindy created the documentary video “The Way I See It” that screened at 19 film festivals worldwide and nominated Best Documentary Short. In 2011 Konits began a full-time studio based practice. In 2021 and 2020 her work won two Julia Cameron Award categories, a Pollux Award category. Cindy lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland and New York City and is represented by The Commotion Virtual Salon, Vancouver BC.
Please return in a few days to read the critical reviews about the exhibition and to view and order the exhibition catalogue.
This exhibition was supported by the Local Government of Ferencváros District (Budapest Főváros IX. Kerület Ferencváros Önkormányzata).