Monday, April 27, 2009

Searching for a title

I have an exhibition coming up in August coupled with a documentary photographer. Stephanie Burchett's body of work is titled "Scavengers," and documents Nicaraguan citizens digging through trash dumps to find "valuable" items - recyclables for which they can get money. My work is based around things I want in my life - comfort, stability, beauty, sustenance, and peace. Our work is quite different, but our common link is a grant which we both earned last year. One of the requirements of the grant is a public exhibition, so we decided to exhibit together in one of the few galleries in Greeley. Anyway, we need a title for our show and perhaps one of you could help me. Do you have any ideas? I was thinking "Searching for ..." something. Searching for what though?

6 comments:

Justin said...

Here's an idea: Since Stephanie's is Scavengers maybe yours could be the opposite, like Hunters (scavenging being taking what you can get and hunting being taking a specific thing), which also fits with you trying to attain all those things, or, hunting for them in your life. I don't know....8?

Todd said...

I think you've already found the word you're looking for. You said you want a life of all the things you listed and I figured since the Nicaraguans are scavenging for things they can sell in order to live a better life, that they as well as you, are Searching for Sustenance. Or at least that's my opinion. Or 50?

Erin said...

50! That's it! ...

Actually I like your idea of sustenance, Todd. Thank you! I just didn't give myself enough time to think about that. I'll run it by Stephanie.

Justin, I like your idea, but I'm not sure about the word "Hunter" itself. The first thing that comes to mind with that word is a man with a gun or bow and arrow, and that's far from what I have in mind.

Erin said...

p.s. keep the ideas coming - I appreciate your thoughts, and nothing is final yet.

Schnee said...

Searching for sanity? LOL. Just sounded good.

I do like Searching for Sustenance

Vicki said...

I immediately thought of "Searching for Stability". You said it in what you want in life, and it's something that we all, to some extent, are searching for. Especially to people like the Nicaraguans featured by your co-exhibitor, stability is hard to come by.

 
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