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Durga Rajah: I am not the Artist, I am the Photographer. a series of conceptual photo retakes

March 8–April 1, 2023
Student Gallery

I am not the Artist, I am the Photographer: a series of conceptual photo retakes approaches the photographic aspect of Conceptual Art as a subject for repetition, remediation, and re-presentation. Rajah’s exhibition, which features video, audio, and photography, presents ten “retakes” of iconic artworks. Inserting herself in the process of re-making the originals, the photographer pays both homage to them and creates new embodied meaning.

Woman in brown boots, blue jeans and green turtleneck sits with arms in her lap holding a microphone with the cord extending forward out of frame. She sits on one of four black folding chairs lined up in a row.
Fig. 1

The Fourth Chair, 20x24 in, 2019, chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist.

Cut out letters build a sign that says "Top of the Morning," casting a shadow of the statement onto the floor behind it.
Fig. 2

Top of the Morning, 20x24 in, 2019, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist. 

Woman stands in a bucket in a sparsely furnished room featuring a mat on the floor, a full length mirror in the corner, a camera on a tripod, a garbage bag and folded chairs leaning against the wall.
Fig. 3

Video still from I am not the Artist, I am the Photographer: a series of conceptual photo retakes, 1hr05mins, 2019, digital video. Courtesy of the artist.