Zoe Leonard first exhibited her photographs in 1979 and her work has since been included in Documenta IX (1992) and Documenta XII (2007), as well as the 1993 and 1997 Whitney Biennials. The artist and longtime resident of the Lower East Side began taking photographs of her neighborhood in 1998 to record the gradual decline of the city’s identity due to the influx of large chain stores. These photographs became Analogue, a complete project which consists of hundreds of photographs, each measuring an intimate 9″ x 9″. Included in Analogue is Bundle, 2003, photographs capturing the forces of globalization through the rag trade by showing bundles of New York’s cast-off clothing routed to Africa, thereby upsetting the local textile production and becoming unhelpful in a certain way.
Approximately 400 photographs from Analogue are currently on view at Dia at the Hispanic Society of America in New York in a two part exhibition, Derrotero. The second part of the exhibition is Leonard’s selection of navigational charts and cartographic maps pulled from the Hispanic Society‘s remarkable historical collection. Leonard contextualizes her work with this cartographic material, drawing further attention to where we are in the world, how we are connected to other people and places, and how many ways we can potentially track these relationships.
The exhibition will remain at the Hispanic Society until April 12th.