SMoCA Presents southwestNET: photography and video “Modernity and Its Discontents”

The twenty-first century commenced amidst great upheaval—global conflict, the struggle to reconcile individual and societal freedom, changing modes of communication and rampant consumerism.

Artists Christian Widmer and Mike Williams use the camera to respond intuitively to the world around them—embracing chance, and often, ironic juxtapositions among people, religion, science and progress.

David Sherman layers appropriated 16 mm film with television broadcasts, creating a disorienting collage of contemporary media. Modernity and Its Discontents carefully dissects both our hopes and disappointments with this new century.

Exhibition October 9, 2010-January 2, 2011

Image: Christian Widmer, Tempe, AZ, 2007. Chromogenic print, 13 x 19 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Christian Widmer

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