Every day, we peer into a black mirror and ask it to help us understand the world. We wake our sleeping, darkened screens and attempt to make sense of the world through pixels and bytes. We read newsfeeds, “favourite” Tweets, send emails, scroll through Instagram feeds. The devices that feed us this information are black boxes in more than just their colour and shape—their systems and processes remain opaque and largely unknowable to us, the users.
The exhibition Trace brought together artworks by Gwenessa Lam and Hyung-Min Yoon that explore the power of the black mirror in a range of its incarnations. Through multiple mediums, including artists’ books, sculpture and printmaking, Lam and Yoon consider the circulation of images and the evolution of their meaning across time, countries and platforms.
This exhibition was part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program.
Thank you to our sponsor Student Works Painting.
All Images: Installation view of Gwenessa Lam & Hyung-Min Yoon: Trace, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2020. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.