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June 22nd, 2005 · No Comments

I was browsing the CBC site and came across an article about a (former) Winnipeg artist – Micah Lexier – who has reprised a project he began ten years ago at the Winnipeg Art Gallery entitled “David.” In his original exhibition, he displayed full-size black and white photos of males named David, with one representative from age one through seventy-five.

Each one held the same pose and the same blank expression. You’d think the sameness would have been repetitititive, but it actually allowed the differences in each one to shine through. Also, the passage of time from one David to the next made for an interesting snapshot of our time spent here, and the effects our environment has on our physical stature.

The new show, “David: Then and Now” features updated photos of all 75 of the original Davids, and is featured at the Plug-in Gallery, and on bus shelters throughout the city. With the revised exibit, the differences between each of the Davids is lessened, as the focus is now how changes in each individual have played out over ten years. Stories are imagined, questions come up, and truths are revealed in the simple contrast of two photos of one person separated by ten years. Fascinating stuff.It reminds me of a similar project maintained by a family in Buenos Aires, Argentina. See it here.

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