Showcaller* is the first book exploring the work of emerging artist Talia Chetrit. It brings together a broad range of her work made between 1994 and 2018 and is linked to a retrospective museum exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in early 2018. The title Showcaller is a theatrical term which references the performative aspects of Chetrit’s work, the power dynamic between subject and photographer, and, ultimately, between the photographer and her audience.
The earliest works included were made 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-lives, 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 nationally 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 exhibitons 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 hired to run only the show, that person is coming in to the event “cold” with no knowledge about 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 . €35 £30 $40 . mackbooks.co.uk//showcaller-br-talia-chetritt