Live Lab: Photography Residency and Exhibition
March 17–April 19, 2020
Residency: March 17–27, 2020
Exhibition: March 28–April 19, 2020
Organized by the High in collaboration with the international photographic cooperative Magnum, the Live Lab is a residency and related exhibition that will address contemporary life in Atlanta by involving the community in the realization of a new body of photographs. For the two-week-long “photographic jam session” (March 17–27, 2020), American photographer Carolyn Drake and South African artists Mikhael Subotzky and Lindokuhle Sobekwa will create individual projects about themes relevant to the city.
A studio or “lab” will be set up at the High as a base of operations for the artists. To make the creative process transparent, the active workspace will be open to the public at select times, offering visitors insight into the processes of developing, editing, and sequencing the finished project.
The residency will result in a pop-up exhibition of the work produced at the High. Past Live Labs have been hosted in London; Paris; Moscow; Shenzhen, China; and Kyoto, Japan. This will be the first Live Lab in the United States.
Carolyn Drake (American, born 1971) is an artist who pursues long-term photo-based projects that focus on place and how individuals live and interact within inherent physical or societal boundaries. After graduating from Brown University in 1994, Drake moved to New York, where she worked as an interactive concept designer before turning to photography. Her work has rooted her in communities around the world, including Ukraine, China, and Turkey, among others. Drake prioritizes collaborating with individuals on multimedia works that delve into their experiences with the structures that shape these spaces.
Mikhael Subotzky (South African, born 1981) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Subotzky works across multiple artistic media including photography, film, and painting. As the nephew of an activist photographer, Gideon Mendel (South African, born 1959), who documented the final years of the apartheid, Subotzky has been greatly influenced by documentary photography. In his works, he composes narratives from the complex present-day, post-apartheid South Africa. Some topics he has explored in his art are the South African penal system, urbanism, and communal histories.
Lindokuhle Sobekwa (South African, born 1995) works out of Johannesburg, South Africa, and is a documentary photographer. Sobekwa’s photography career began in 2012 when he participated in the Of Soul and Joy project, an educational program for high schoolers to learn photography. The photo essay he produced in this program documented drug use in his township. He went on to develop a deeply personal project based on his sister’s disappearance. Sobekwa often showcases in his work social issues that impact his local community, such as poverty, violence, and addiction.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with Magnum Photos.
This project is funded by the Hagan Foundations.
This exhibition is made possible by
Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor
Exhibition Series Sponsors
Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporter
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation
Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
Tom and Susan Wardell
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole
Robin and Hilton Howell
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.