Faculty in Online Exhibition 'Social Photography VIII'

BY Audrey Deng, August 6, 2020

Professor Rirkrit Tiravanija and Adjunct Assistant Professor Dan Torop have photography on show in the New York-based Carriage Trade’s show Social Photography VIII. The show runs until September 20 and can be found online.

Tiravanija’s work, Untitled (2020), shows what looks like a work in progress involving stencils and index cards, arranged at the corner of a wooden table.

In Torop’s work, untitled (2020), a modest forest bridge is rendered useless by the amount of fallen trees and branches that cover it.

The two works are available for purchase as prints for $75.00. There are more than a hundred unique and recent prints available for purchase in Social Photography VIII by internationally renowned artists, many of whom chose to photograph their time in quarantine.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself). Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award.

Torop is an artist who lives and works in New York City. His photographs have been published in the catalogue Dan Torop: Frozen Period (Bradley Family Foundation, 2015), and Skydiving (A-Jump Books, 2010). He has put up solo shows at venues including the Lynden Sculpture Garden (Milwaukee), Derek Eller Gallery (NY), and The Green Gallery (Milwaukee). The MacDowell Colony, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Teachers College, and Eyebeam have granted him residencies. He is co-editor of ASMR4, a series of small photography monographs. He contributes code to darktable, an open source tool for processing photographs. His project Chapter XVIII is on long term view at the Center for Land Use Interpretation's Exhibit Hall in Wendover, Utah.