Future Tense: Marked Existence in the Contemporary Landscape

Co-curators Traci Quinn and Stefan Batista lead an informal conversation about the social, political and psychological undercurrents that exist in the photographs of Future Tense. Recognizing the complex nature of the human / global condition, this talk asks visitors to explore photographs as moments, journeys and thought provoking metaphors that implicate our Present Tense; a time marked by a great shift in a world that has grown urgently interconnected yet increasingly divergent. The evident existence of humans in the contemporary landscape will be explored at the intersections of visuality and aesthetics in photography.

Traci Quinn is the Curator of Education & Public Programs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. She received her BFA in Photography from New Mexico State University, a BA in Art History and Criticism from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and an MA in Art & Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona earning her degree in Art History and Education, with a focus in museum education.

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This event was part of PhotoSummer 2016, a collaborative initiative that strives to represent and actively promote historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico. Taking the rich legacy of photography in New Mexico as a point of departure, the exhibitions and public programs around PhotoSummer embody the continued energy and support of the photographic arts in the region. Organized by UNM Art Museum, 516 ARTS and CENTER, PhotoSummer 2016 features a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops and events in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.


Image: David Schalliol, Isolated Building Study 288, 2008, Digital Chromogenic Print, 18.85x29 in.