LEADAPRON is pleased to announce the exhibition Farrah Karapetian: Accessory to Protest curated by Diane Rosenstein. Farrah Karapetian's photograms and constructed negatives represent the Eight Items of "Necessary Clothing and Accessories" listed in a pamphlet instructing novice protesters in the mechanics of civilian unrest. The flyer was widely distributed in Egypt prior to the Fall of Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak. In constructing the objects that serve as her "negatives" for these photograms and in recording the negatives at multiple moments in the darkroom, Karapetian extends the process of photography into sculpture and performance. This work presages "Student Body Politic," Karapetian's national investigation of issues of representation in politics and image making, engaging the photogram to reconsider iconic images of protest.
Farrah Karapetian works with photography in a sculptural field, emphasizing the plasticity of the medium of photography, the constructed nature of imagery, and the pathos of everyday life. She earned her MFA from UCLA (2008) and BA in fine art from Yale University (2000). A MacDowell Fellow (2010) and an artist-in-residence at the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War (2009), she has had solo exhibitions and projects with Sandroni.Rey (CA), Geoffrey Young (MA), and the Kantor Gallery (NY), as well as group exhibitions internationally. She lectures frequently at venues such as Art Center College of Design, USC, Otis College of Art and Design, and UCLA, and her writing has appeared in publications such as Speculative Structures (Mark Batty Publisher 2011), Whitehot Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail.
Diane Rosenstein is an independent curator and art advisor with a focus on 20th Century & Contemporary Art. Rosenstein, a former Design Editor of Angeleno Magazine, co-founded Russell Simpson Company, a seminal Modernism gallery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Recently, she curated an exhibition of drawings by Richard Haines ("What I Saw Today"), at Fuller+Roberts Co. in West Hollywood.