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Winner of the recent PDN Objects of Desire Award
Installed at PHOTO LA


Plastic Currents (Red), Limited Edition Photograph

Naomi White

United States

Photography, Digital on Paper

Size: 40 W x 56.5 H x 1 D in

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A current is a continuous, directed movement of water generated by the forces acting upon it, such as the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon. Interaction with other currents transforms a current's direction and strength. In Plastic Currents, the every day plastic bag is transformed by light, turned from something familiar into something strange. Undulating and fluid these forms transition from non-biodegradable, reviled plastic bags into seemingly organic forms, imitating the very nature they threaten. Through explorations of the material I am interested in the way plastic responds to touch - its surface, its weight, how it clings to lighter elements like lint and dirt through static electricity - and the way each bag is its own marvel. By isolating plastic bags, icons of waste and convenience, we are asked to consider our role in their affects, but also to question the transformative power of the photograph and its ability to reconcile a simple bag into something other worldly, full of possibilities.

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Photography:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:40 W x 56.5 H x 1 D in

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Naomi White is a feminist, artist, and educator, working on ideas at the intersection of political ecology and photography. Focusing on the transformative power of photography to affect desire and change, much of her work questions how we can shift our focus away from the current racist, capitalist model of domination to one of equity and collective voice, for the sake of all people, animals and the planet. White is the winner of PDN’s Objects of Desire award, and a recent finalist for the Hopper Prize. She has attended several artist residencies, and exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including at the art fairs Scope, Art Basel Miami, and Photo LA. Her work has been published in PDN, The Brooklyn Rail, Cut Me Up Magazine, Uncertain States, among others. White holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA in New York, a Post Baccalaureate in Photography from the San Francisco Art institute, and a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State. She is currently the Chair of photography at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, California.

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