Sam Contis (US)

Beating Time, Movement of the Hand (After Lange)

Image: Sam Contis, [Beating Time, Movement of the Hand (After Lange)] (detail), 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Sam Contis, Beating Time, Movement of the Hand (After Lange) (detail), 2020. Courtesy the artist.




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In Beating Time, Movement of the Hand, artist Sam Contis crops and recombines a series of photographs by iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965). Loosening the images from their original contexts, Contis creates a singular, sequential study of gesture.

The work references 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s movement studies. While Muybridge sought to disclose truths previously invisible to the human eye, Contis explores the ways in which the recontextualisation of images can reveal unnoticed truths and generate new meanings.

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021

On display from 18 February 2021

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