New exhibit at Photoworks: ‘Place and Displacement’

Red Dress by Patricia Howard

Red Dress by Patricia Howard

A new exhibit that explores “Place and Displacement” opens this weekend at Photoworks at Glen Echo Park. The series “House to House” by Pat Howard and “Suburbs” by Andy Currie feature images of inhabited and desolated town and suburbs that share a similar sense of alienation produced by powerless and meaningless life.

Both subjects of the photographer’s stories: Pat’s mother and Andy’s concrete dwellers are presented with the same sense of being in a place that is not ideal or preferred place to be; they don’t like it but can’t do anything about it.

Alienation is central on Currie’s overcast, temperamental, dystopian views of overdeveloped suburbs. In contrast, Pat’s installation is trying to understand her mother’s constant displacement by retracing it and by recreating their presence through personal objects and textile.

The exhibit is up through March 2.

(Curator: Fabian Goncalves Borrega)