Join us at the Halsey Institute for a free Artist Talk and Gallery Walkthrough by artist Sara Angelucci. Angelucci's work is featured at the Halsey in the exhibition Aviary, October 21 - December. This event is free and open to all.
Drawing on the history of photography as well as the cultural proclivity for Spiritualism in the 19th century, Angelucci created her body of work for Aviary by combining photographs of endangered or extinct birds with portraits of anonymous subjects from the 1800s. These works address photography's role of the documentary, a medium often used for recording people, objects, and events that no longer exist. By fusing portraits ”such as those kept in family albums for remembrance” with endangered or extinct birds, Angelucci's uses photography not only as a marker of things past, but as a medium for the exploration of vernacular images.
In recent projects, including Aviary, Angelucci draws from the history of photography, as well as natural and social histories, transforming found images and repositioning them within the broader cultural context from which they emerge. This work has featured birds in sound and image to position the human figure (in found images) in relationship to the natural world and endangered species. The emphasis has been on fusing the human and the bird, evoking a relationship of empathy rather than separation.