In conjunction with American Archives Month, Lynn Cazabon, associate professor of visual arts, will present her series of photographs, “Discard,” in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery on Wednesday, October 6, noon-1 p.m.
“Discard” is an ongoing body of work consisting of several discrete series of images, featuring movie films discarded by public institutions such as libraries, schools and archives. Harking back to 19th century postmortem photography, each print serves as a memento mori to the recently obsolete medium of film. In its totality, “Discard” is a shadow archive, reflecting that which has been omitted from institutional archives. More generally, the series reflects on the ongoing cycle of obsolescence, wherein technologies replace one another at ever increasing speed. With each iteration of this cycle, a particular way of seeing/knowing the world is lost.
Details on UMBC’s Archives Month activities are available at http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/specoll/archivesmonth. For more information please contact Lindsey Loeper at ext. 5-6290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.