Institute of Contemporary Art (UTC) / 752 Vine St. January 20, 2022 - March 19, 2022

Kristine Potter

The ICA presents the US and Southeastern debut of Kristine Potter’s series, Dark Waters, made between 2015-present, and bringing together 19 of Potter’s gelatin silver photographs in our main gallery, along with her eponymous video work Dark Waters (2019) in the second gallery. Potter’s images are classified into what she identifies as three components: large format ‘waterscapes’, studio portraits of women heroines, and ‘situations’ - images that storytell people in the peripheries affected by the energies of a place. The short film Dark Waters features five male American songwriters performing infamous murder ballads ‘live’ on an isolated stage and for an imagined audience. The video brings to life and sound the histories, words and complex stories alluded to in Potter’s photographs while simultaneously nodding to the complicated history of the folk tradition and genre.