With so much of ourselves on display in the digital realm, internal reflection has been a much needed symptom of today’s world. INWARD: Reflections on Interiority is a consideration of that reality. Featuring five emerging artists who use what is now a commonplace technology to thoughtfully explore the intimate aspects of the self and their daily experiences.
Beyond the endless scope of the constructed “selfie,” smartphones are often used to generate images of public space and events in the broader world. Recently they have functioned as outward-facing image-making tools to capture the upheaval and turmoil of 2020–21 and to document the human side of the pandemic, the fight for racial justice, and the unfolding of the latest US election, among other news.
INWARD features five emerging artists who use the iPhone as a part of their practice and who have turned the lens onto themselves in order to explore and capture the “unseen” instances of their lives today. They experiment with and explore aspects of their interior lives, inner thoughts, and the intimate interactions and relationships that make up their daily experiences both as artists and as people in this time of unprecedented change. — ICP
INWARD: Reflections on Interiority opens on Friday, September 24.th at the Int’l Center of Photography (ICP).
Images by Brad Ogbonna, from select images from the exhibition.