Ten of the 1,000 printed copies of Proof come with a “golden ticket” that is redeemable for an original polaroid taken by Jim Goldberg.

Limit 10 copies per customer; limit one prize per individual.

For Triennial artist Jim Goldberg, what started as a 77-image collage titled “Contact” has grown into an archive of over 600 images (and growing). Proof is his attempt at assembling a “family album”; a catalog-raisonné of all his photographic encounters during the past 9 years of this project.

On one level, this piece illuminates Goldberg’s working and editing process, and shows us how he uses markings and notes to make sense of the shot. On a completely different level, this work describes the way he conceptually addresses his subject. While both the words ‘Contacts’ and ‘Proof’ are photographic terms used to describe a set amount of images or quickly made prints, Goldberg uses these technical terms to illustrate that these are people who he has had contact with, certifying the existence of people who would otherwise be invisible.  

Jim Goldberg’s installation in A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial is on view at the ICP museum through September 22, 2013. 

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Recent Collections Acquisition: Shimpei Takeda

Shimpei Takeda, Trace #7, Nihonmatsu Castle, 2012. Courtesy the artist.

Thanks to the generosity of the ICP Acquisitions Committee, ICP recently purchased six prints by photographer Shimpei Takeda, whose work is currently being exhibited in the ICP Triennial. Takeda was born 40 miles from the site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 2011. An earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku, Japan, caused a tsunami that resulted in the deaths of 20,000 people and disabled the power supply and cooling systems of three nuclear reactors. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes because of concerns about radiation poisoning.

Takeda responded to the catastrophe with Trace—cameraless records of radioactive contamination, in which he exposed contaminated soil from 12 locations in five different prefectures of northern Japan to photo-sensitive materials. The resulting autoradiographs, which appear to document solar systems, galaxies, or segments of star-strewn sky, are in fact impressions of the radiation emitted by contaminated particles of dirt.

In a note on his website discussing his fond memories of Fukushima, Takeda admits: “I wish I didn’t have to face these prints.” We might have the same wish, but these small, oddly beautiful images force us to consider the consequences of nuclear power on an intimate scale and in a tangible way.

SAVE THE DATE for the ICP Triennial Artist Lectures

Gideon Mendel, Shopkeeper Suparat Taddee, Chumchon Ruamjai Community, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2011. Courtesy the artist.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from these three amazing artists from our upcoming Triennial Exhibition, A Different Kind of Order.  Each presentation will take place at the HBO Auditorium.
Gideon Mendel: May 21 | Tuesday | 7 pm
Thomas Hirschhorn: May 29 | Wednesday | 7 pm
A.K. Burns: June 19 | Wednesday | 7 pm

A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial
On view May 17—September 8, 2013

Every three years, ICP’s curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. The 2013 Triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability. The exhibition will include 28 international artists who employ photography, film, video, and new media. It is organized by ICP Curators Kristen Lubben, Christopher Phillips, Carol Squiers, and ICP Assistant Curator Joanna Lehan.

The ICP Lecture Series: A.K. Burns

Space is still available for the upcoming ICP Lecture Series featuring A.K. Burns. 

Join us on Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm in the HBO Auditorium (1100 Avenue of the Americas—next door to the ICP school) for this special presentation

Presented by the International Center of Photography and HBO

Admission is free. Reserve tickets online

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