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Artist reception: Wednesday, November 15 at 4 PM – 7 PM
Relic is an exhibition of photographs by InLiquid’s Executive Director, Rachel Zimmerman. These photos present a record of her investigations of two very different sites, the Monument to the Negev Brigade in the Negev desert in Israel and the town of Yazoo City in Mississippi.
For the Yazoo series, she says: “I have always been interested in spaces without people. At that moment there is a timelessness that does not become dated by the conventions of style. The death of a small city where industry has died mirrors so many small cities across the country. A closed Yazoo City bank reinforces the monopolization of our financial institutions. The graffiti of a Star of David: is it anti Semitism or even pro Jewish/Israel? Yazoo at one point had a strong Jewish presence. My grandmother, the youngest of 13, was sent to Mississippi to be raised by her eldest sister who was married to Harry Applebaum, mayor of Yazoo from 1954-60. Even the markings on the houses are now reminiscent of Katrina and the chaos that occurred only five years earlier. Having spent time in both the South and in many small cities outside of Philadelphia, these images are examples of how so many small cities, unlike the more wealthy larger cities of the East and West coasts, are frozen in a time of stagnation.”
Zimmerman graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography. She established Rachel Zimmerman Photography in 1994 with a concentration on black and white printing and medical photography. In 2000 Zimmerman formed Studio Z which offers both print and web design, diversifying the services offered to clients and creating a team driven work environment.