Celebrating the participatory mystery of found photography\, Private Investigation brings together the work of 25 amazing artists inspired by found photos\, alongside thousands of forgotten snapshots from Mark Ko logi’s immense collection. Join us in sorting through decades of anonymous memories– it’s up to you to decode their multifarious mysteries!\n

As th e sands of time begin to bury all physical media\, the increased rarity of found photo prints makes their mysteries more urgent than ever. Both aest hetically and tangibly\, they embody a past that’s quickly slipping away—b ut beyond base nostalgia\, each anonymous snapshot begs the viewer to answ er a bevy of intimately personal and broadly social questions\, quietly em bedded within their fading emulsion. We glean what we can from these fragm ents of faces and places\, fit them like awkward puzzle pieces into a ment al approximation of society\, and our imaginations are trusted to fill in the gaps. What primordial instinct instills within us such curiosity for t he Other\, only exacerbated by the inherent inscrutability of these benign microscopic cases? In Private Investigation we are inviting artists to tu rn the underlying emotions of found photography outward in their work\, in viting viewers to participate in the mystery-solving process and delve int o their own tendencies to project narratives onto these artifacts.< /p>\n

Whil e printed photography rapidly vanishes\, digital photography’s presence gr ows exponentially. Found photos\, once relegated to the shoeboxes of scatt ered private collectors\, then shared through the limited mass media of cu rated zines and art books\, today proliferatewithout restriction in cybers pace. Context-free photos from all time periods are distributed through bl ogs\, image searches\, and social systems like Tumblr\, FFFFOUND! and dump .fm. Individuals and niches are democratically determining the natural lif espan of found .JPGs. In the process\, found images fuse with the personal identities of the “finders” and stand in as a form of communication. How does this technological and social shift effect the aura of these photogra phs\, and what does it mean for the future of photography?


Found photos will serve as the inspiration and springboard for a broad spectrum of mul ti-disciplinary artists in Private Investigation. Under the crushing weigh t of a million memories divorced from the minds of their rememberers\, thi s tactile and experiential show is an invitation to explore the mysteries of voyeurism\, collection\, appropriation\, and anonymity.


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LOCATION:Pacific Design Center\,8687 Melrose Ave \nWest Hollywood\, Califor nia 90069 SUMMARY:Private Investigation: A Participatory Mystery of Found Photography \, Tanner America\, Ben Aqua\, Beastburn\, Derrick Beckles (TV Carnage)\, T he Perlorian Brothers\, Jordan Crane\, Stephanie Davidson\, Adan de la Garz a\, Kirk Demarais\, Steven Andrew Garcia\, Desiree Holman\, Michael C. Hsiu ng\, Parker Ito\, Nathan Jones\, Sage Keeler\, Mike Kitchell\, Mark Kologi\ , Roz Leibowitz\, Suki-Rose Otter\, Paul Pescador\, Christian Ramirez\, Ben jy Russell\, Brad Troemel\, Richard Vergez\, Adam Villacin\, Melissa Wallen END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR