United States of Mind
Photography by Natalie Camou
November 8 - November 16, 2014
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 12-noon to 8 pm / Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
FotoWeekCentral @ Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
2801 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
SPAIN arts & culture presents an exhibition combining photos and sound clips from recorded interviews that explore the dimensions of immigrant experience in Spain, as part of FotoWeekDC 2014.
In her work United States of Mind, Natalie Camou seeks to disrupt the politically useful binary of the “good immigrant” versus the “bad immigrant”. Through her photography, Camou explores the dimensions of immigrant experience, to show a complexity of networks, families, and individuals impossible to filter through values of "good" and "bad".
Having been led away from traditional documentary photography approaches to immigration, Camou focuses on how everyday moments build identity. This is an experiment in creating an intimate space to challenge the viewer’s understanding of immigration. By combining sound clips of recorded interviews with immigrants with those from media outlets and politicians, the photographer hopes to add a sensorial element to understanding immigrant identity.
This exhibition was made possible in collaboration with the University of Almería, Spain, and the International Consortium for the Study of Post Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation, based in the University of Nottingham.