Sylvia de Swaan, Sub-version
February 4, 2004 – March 19, 2005

Presented in the FLUX Gallery is an exhibition of new work by artist Sylvia de Swaan entitled Sub-version. One of CEPA’s 2004’s Regional Artists in Residence, Sylvia de Swaan is a nationally known photographer who alternates semesters teaching at Hamilton College with travel and work on personal projects. Her photographs have been exhibited at Art in General, New York City; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH; Houston Center for Photography; Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA; Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY; Periferic Biennal, Iasi, Romania. She has been awarded grants and fellowships by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Art Matters, Inc., Aaron Siskind Foundation, ArtsLink, Light Work, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Saltonstall Foundation and Anderson Ranch Art Center.

Her exhibition, Sub-version, is a series of photos begun in response to the events of 9/11 and to conjoin the bland reality outside her window with the scenes of terror emanating from our televisions. Sylvia combines documentary with staged photos that incorporate images from the media to explore our changing social panorama and how world events increasingly enter our domestic sphere. Sub-version is about pop culture, the media, violence, surveillance, shadowy threats and ominous rumors.