Spring 2019 Open Call: (in)visibility


“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.” - Magritte speaking on Le fils de l'homme

Aesthetic choices such as composition and quality of light often carry deeper meanings about what is revealed and concealed to the viewer. The choice to disclose or cover up are used by artists and documentarians to challenge preconceived notions and raise questions about social and political events or issues.

In Open Call: (in)visibility, we’re seeking images that explore the boundary between the visible and invisible. How do you decide what to reveal and conceal in your work, and why?



Christine Carr
Kathy Anne Lim
Nicholas Pollack



Christine Carr

Statement: My work relates to the theme in two ways:

  1. John Rieuwerts wrote a book called An Air that Kills: Our Invisible Air Pollution Crisis. My project is intended to raise awareness about this invisible air pollution issue.

  2. Since airborne particles seem invisible when dispersed, I am bringing visibility to them by photographing at the time and location of emission.

Bio: Christine Carr received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art and her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She uses digital and film photography, video, and sound to explore the human existence in, and impact on, the environment. Her work is rooted in issues of pollution and climate change with a focus on the ephemeral nature of airborne particles and the evocative nature of light. Carr is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Grant from Iowa State University. She has exhibited at the Mobile Museum of Art and The William King Museum as well as in group and solo shows across the United States. Her work has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Musée Magazine, and the 5th edition of Exploring Color Photography by Robert Hirsch. Since 2010, she has participated in four residencies, including Jentel in Wyoming, and formerly taught at both Iowa State and Hollins University.




Kathy Anne Lim

Statement: Concerning the icelandic terrain, I was looking to photograph pristine images of the natural landscape. However, during the journey I noticed the vehicle we travelled in was covered in little orange stickers, each marking a scratch or dent – scars echoing from previous journeys with other travelers. It occurred to me that these were badges of wear and resilience. The car had been tried and tested against the landscape, just like me. I decided to experiment by marking sections of my photographs in a similar way, concealing dust specks and imperfections on photographs I would not otherwise select as my final images. This became a crucial part to my project: laying bare the the scars of my images.

Bio: Kathy Anne Lim (b.1991) is a photographer based in London, with roots along the eastern shores of Singapore. Her poetic documentary work navigates the nuances that arise out of memory, focusing on themes of technology and displacement. She studied visual communication at Singapore Temasek Polytechnic (Dip) and Photography (BA Honours) at London College of Communication, upon graduation in 2016 her work was featured in Aesthetica Magazine honed as one's to watch. Kathy's photographs have since been exhibited and published in Singapore, United Kingdom, New York and Italy.

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Nicholas Pollack

Statement: My project Nothing Gold Can Stay relates to the theme of (in)visibility in our cultural perception of the people and the place of Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey. It is a beautiful place that attracts admirers such as the young people in my pictures, and yet urban poverty envelopes the area making it far less visible than it would be otherwise.

Bio: Nicholas Pollack (b. 1986, New York, NY) is a Brooklyn-based photographer. He received his MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford in 2015, and he earned a BLA in Photography and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010. He has been nominated for an ICP Infinity Award, MACK First Book Award, and he was recently shortlisted for the Palm* Photo Prize. He published a monograph of his celebrated project Nothing Gold Can Stay (2015) which is held in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art Library and the Getty Research Center. Publications that have featured his work include Vogue, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Vice.