Photographic exhibition on view

Works by various European and South American collectives on view at Artspace at Untitled Gallery.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: November 4, 2012

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 lady, 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 junglelike 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.

— John Brandenburg