Mall-ancholy - Page 2

Jem Cohen's Chain examines consumers and the consumed

Works by San Francisco's Jenni Olson (the Golden Gate Bridge–focused Joy of Life) and Los Angeles's Natalie Zimmerman (Islands, a search for Los Angeles's soul) round out SF Camerawork's "Traces of Life on the Thin Film of Longing," an exhibit reconsidering the photo essay within the realm of film and video. It's a fitting context in which to showcase Chain's artistic merits, but thematically it's a little disappointing. Appropriate though it may be, however, I suppose a mall theater would be out of the question; Westfield's hurried downtown crowds would hardly stop spending to consider Cohen's carefully composed images — and the irony of seeing Chain amid the chain-chain-chain of ... chains would be hopelessly lost. *


Jan. 5–Feb. 24 (Thurs/4, 5 p.m. opening reception) as part of "Traces of Life on the Thin Film of Longing"

SF Camerawork

657 Mission, second floor, SF

(415) 412-2020


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