Gaza. July 17, 2014 [072237 DEC 14 Misprint] by Paul Qaysi
Gaza. July 17, 2014 [072237 DEC 14 Misprint]
Pigmented inkjet monoprint on vellum film, and acrylic medium
11 x 14 inches
about the artist:
Paul Qaysi was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1963. The family left Baghdad for Beirut in 1973 and lived as political refugees for two years, before granted U.S. Citizenship. In his “Misprints” series, Qaysi collects Public Domain cell phone images from the Iraq war taken by citizen journalist and American soldiers and deliberately distorts the literal image through a simple destructive inkjet printing process. The project is an intervention that explores the representation of war in the Middle East by investigating the effects of destruction, trauma and memory by withholding meaning.
Qaysi received his BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 1989, and MFA in Photography from Bard College-International Center of Photography in 2009. He has been a freelance photographer since 1994 and teaching since 2009.
Solo exhibitions include: A Sea of Patterns, Pegasus Gallery, CT (2012). Group exhibitions include Aesthetics of Slowness, Dorsky Gallery of Curatorial Programs, NY (2014); War is for the Living, Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery (2013); Editing the News, FotoMuseum, Belgium, (2013); Strike Anywhere, Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2012); Making History RAY 2012, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2012); The Exquisite Landscape: A Transcript of Sight, Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2010); About Time: A Photographic Inquiry, JGS Forward Thinking Museum, Web, (2009); 10 from 25: Emerging Artists Using Photography, 25 CPW Gallery, New York (2009)