International photographic show engages the environment

For The Oklahoman
Modified: October 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm •  Published: October 31, 2012

photo - E.CO Supay Fotos. Photo courtesy of [Artspace] at Untitled
E.CO Supay Fotos. Photo courtesy of [Artspace] at Untitled

Other Supay Fotos depict a black dog devouring street waste and a girl or young woman, chest-deep in dark waters, holding the head of what looks like a snake, its body wrapped around her neck and shoulders.

A statement for Supay Fotos notes that the collective is concerned with the “rift between man and nature, between the city and the Amazon: an uncertain frontier, a magical and voracious territory.”

Venezuela’s Organization Nelson Garrido (ONG) collective plays visual games with our romantic idea of attractive, body-painted aboriginal women, who turn out to be a lot more contemporary than we think.

Wonderfully witty and provocative is an ONG color photo of a nearly naked woman, holding a supersized fast food chain soft drink cup, her head covered with beads and her body with painted golden “m’s.”

“Captive Notes” is the title of a photo-essay by Costa Rica’s Collectivo Nomada, which includes haunting imagery of an old wrecked ship, and of a person in a rabbit costume, coming out of jungle-like vegetation.

An expansive photo of trash spreading across the horizontal picture plane is the most disturbing depiction of “Urbanization” in a photographic essay by the London-based “Documentography” collective.

Other images from the British-based collective portray a group village dwelling, children running on top of a pile of debris, and young swimmers, apparently enjoying bathing in polluted waters.

Providing visual punctuation for the London group’s photo-essay are tiny color photos, displayed on a white background, of plastic containers, bags, junk food and other frequently discarded objects.

Confronting us with powerful pictures of environmental subjects we might rather not think about, the “E.CO” show isn’t always easy viewing, but it is recommended, during its run through Jan. 5.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 815-9995 or visit the website at for information.

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