Kota Ezawa: On Photography

Project Room 2 Mar 5–May 14, 2005

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Mar 5–May 14, 2005





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Kota Ezawa, On Photography, 2005

Kota Ezawa’s work explores the appropriation and mediation of current events and images. He translates found film, video, and photographic footage into simplified drawings and animations that reduce complex imagery to its most essential, two-dimensional elements. For his slide installation On Photography, created specifically for the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Ezawa selected twenty images representing various examples from the history of photography–from the 1860s to the present, and from the iconic to the unrecognizable, ranging in source from journalism, to performance documentation, to art photography. His choices were then manually traced, turned back into 35mm slide format, and projected on a continuous loop. Mimicking the feel of a university slide lecture, On Photography functioned as a visual critical essay, using digital drawings instead of words to explore and reveal the history of the medium.