On October 11, at 6 p.m. acclaimed Philadelphia photographer Andrea Modica will discuss her practice and vision with Deborah Barkun, the Berman Museum’s Creative Director, and Nelson Chan, co-founder of TIS Books. Modica’s exhibition Theatrum Equorum is on view at the Berman Museum through December 11.
Modica’s photographs in Theatrum Equorum capture post-surgical animals in states of recovery from procedures like fracture repair and tooth extraction and highlight surgical tools essential to the healing process. “There’s something sacred about about the animals and the process of being able to go through this with them—a state of extreme vulnerability for an animal of that power,” Modica said.
“Through the lens of her large format camera, Andrea Modica renders horses uncanny, revealing a curious and majestic vulnerability, as they drift in or out of surgical anesthetic sleep. Still lifes of pre- and post-operative surgical instruments—pristine or bloodied, methodical or disarrayed—imbue these states of induced tranquility with a sense of unease,” Berman Museum Creative Director Deborah Barkun said. “In Modica’s luminous platinum prints, dramas of equine medicine unfold in disquieting dignity.”
Modica, who is known for creating portfolios that intimately tell stories, uses an 8x10 camera—a process that takes time and patience—to produce the platinum prints. She is a professor at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of a Knight Award.
Theatrum Equorum will be published in a book by TIS Books.
This event will be held in person at The Print Center and virtually through Zoom.
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