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Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Evan Hume - Viewing Distance

Dec 09, 2020

Viewing Distance utilizes declassified material from US government archives to examine photography’s role as an instrument of the national security state for reconnaissance, surveillance, and documentation of advanced technologies. While many of the source images date back to the middle 20th century, they have only recently been declassified and much information remains secret. These images represent the decades-long time delay from when knowledge comes into being and when it becomes publicly accessible. Processes including analog printing, digital collage, scanner manipulation, and audio software are used to animate the archival material, connecting past and present. Through this disruption and layering, historical fragments are presented in a state of flux, open to alternate associations and implications. What we are allowed to know and see is often incomplete and indeterminate, encouraging speculation and critical vision.