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Vesna Pavlović, Community Slide Show, 2016

SELECTS: CURATED BY ELYSIA MANN

OCT. 14, 2019

This is a selection of works from artists who live and/or work in Tennessee. All six come from immigrant families, and use photography either literally or referentially. As Tennesseans, their work is made against a diverse—and increasingly divisive—political backdrop. We are less trusting of the news, of photographic evidence. While the rhetoric crescendos around borders, global migration, and scarcity, photography reminds us that we have many ways of seeing "evidence." Truth is not scarce, it's plural.



Vesna Pavlović, Fototeka (Projection Still III). Archival pigment print, 2015.

Vesna Pavlović, Fototeka (Projection Still III). Archival pigment print, 2015.


Vesna Pavlović, Lost Art. Installation view, 2016.

Vesna Pavlović, Lost Art. Installation view, 2016.


Masha Vlasora, Frame Work. Video Still, 2017.

Masha Vlasova, Frame Work. Video Still, 2017.


Masha Vlasova, Three Songs About. Installation view, 2016.

Masha Vlasova, Three Songs About. Installation view, 2016.


Vanessa Mayoraz, Infrastructure. Styrofoam, plants, soil, various plastics, and mixed media, 2015.

Vanessa Mayoraz, Infrastructure. Styrofoam, plants, soil, various plastics, and mixed media, 2015.


Vanessa Mayoraz, Infrastructure II. Plants, soil, EPS foam, plexiglass, 2016.

Vanessa Mayoraz, Infrastructure II. Plants, soil, EPS foam, plexiglass, 2016.


Vanessa Mayoraz, Cloud Forest. Engraving and mylar panel, 2019. (photo by Niko Jacob)

Vanessa Mayoraz, Cloud Forest. Engraving and mylar panel, 2019. (photo by Niko Jacob)


Paul Lee, Kenyan Rug. Archival inkjet print of digital photocollage, 2018.

Paul Lee, Kenyan Rug. Archival inkjet print of digital photocollage, 2018.


Paul Lee, Yellow Kente. Archival inkjet print of digital photo collage, 2017.

Paul Lee, Yellow Kente. Archival inkjet print of digital photo collage, 2017.


Nelson Gutierrez, Mandala. Ink and pencil on paper, 2014.

Nelson Gutierrez, Mandala. Ink and pencil on paper, 2014.


Nelson Gutierrez, CCTV. Ink and pencil on paper, 2014.

Nelson Gutierrez, CCTV. Ink and pencil on paper, 2014.


Asafe Pereira, Daddy. 35mm film pictures looped into video, 2019.

Asafe Pereira, Daddy. 35mm film pictures looped into video, 2019.


Asafe Pereira, Untitled. Chromogenic print from 35mm film, 2015.

Asafe Pereira, Untitled. Chromogenic print from 35mm film, 2015.



Elysia Mann is a contributing editor to the Locate Arts blog. Originally from rural Nebraska, she studied at Washington University in St. Louis (BFA) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (MFA). She writes about art, she writes art (poetry), and she arts art. She is the Residency Associate at Loghaven, and lives in Knoxville with her dog Smudge.

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