Showcaller* is the first book exploring the work of emerging artist Talia Chetrit. It brings together a broad range of her work created between 1994 and 2018 and is linked to a retrospective museum exhibition at Kölnischer Kunstverein in early 2018. The title Showcaller is a theatrical term which references the performative aspects of Chetrit’s work, the power dynamics between subject and photographer, and, ultimately, between the photographer and her audience.
The earliest works included were created when Chetrit was a teenager, and she adroitly collapses and shuffles images from across 24 years and neutralizes the space between family portraits, teenage friends, intimate sex pictures, self-portraits, staged murder pictures, still lifes, and street photographs, to name just a few of the subjects and genres her work adopts. Regardless of the subject matter or the technique with which the image is made, her focus lies on researching and unveiling the basic social, conceptual and technical conditions of the genre of photography. Her work is imbued with a desire to control the physical and historical limitations of the camera, to trace its manipulative potential and to question the relationship between photographer and subject.
About - Talia Chetrit is an American fine art photographer living and working in New York. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at such institutions as The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; among others. Her work has been written about and reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum, Art in America, Frieze Magazine, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Chetrit’s most recent solo exhibitions include 'Poser' at Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf, Germany (2017); a show at Kaufmann Repetto, New York, NY (2016); ‘Parents’ at Off Vendome, New York, NY (2015); 'I’m Selecting' at Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf, Germany (2015); and ‘Model' at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy (2014).
* Show callers are usually people who have worked in theater and called cues in theatrical extravaganzas as stage managers (in the theatrical definition). They are seasoned and experienced in interpreting a producer’s requirement for the crew to make sure everything happens at the right time and with maximum theatrical impact, where appropriate. If a show caller is only hired to run the show, the person is coming into the event “cold” with no knowledge of it whatsoever and must therefore be brought up to speed very quickly. specialeventguru.blogspot.com
Showcaller . 29 x 22 cm . ISBN: 978-1-912339-41-9 . Prices: €35, £30, $40 . mackbooks.co.uk//showcaller-br-talia-chetritt