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Yasumasa Morimura in "Modus Operandi: Contemporary Art Photography from the collection of BNY Mellon"

Yasumasa Morimura, An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Festive Decorations), 2001, color photograph.

Yasumasa Morimura's "An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Festive Decorations)" (2001) will be on view in "Modus Operandi: Contemporary Art Photography from the Collection of BNY Mellon" on view at the Floirda Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa.


About the show: 

The act of making a photograph can go far beyond simply “snapping a picture,” and in the case of many artists working today, may not involve the use of a traditional camera at all.  The photographs in this exhibition speak to the heart of contemporary art practice.  The artists featured here employ innovative methods – sometimes technical, sometimes conceptual – that embody the often performative nature of photography.   

Far from its beginnings as a means of documenting the real world, photography has evolved into a myriad of processes creating a myriad of new worlds.  Whether working with a camera, computer or exclusively in the darkroom, photographers today are creating images that communicate ideas to a global audience.  From the ghostly exposures of Walead Beshty’s Transparencies, created by security equipment in airports, to the elaborately orchestrated performance projects of Alex Prager, photographers have decidedly crossed the once clearly defined lines between image and action.

In building this collection, we have been keen to recognize the elevated position photographers now hold in an art world once dominated by painters and sculptors. In fact, many of these artists are painters and sculptors, as well as filmmakers and performers, themselves. Modus Operandi brings together an adventurous group of contemporary image-makers, offering a glimpse into the potential of this ever-expanding medium.