Sam Contis / MATRIX 266

Exhibit - Photography | May 3 – August 26, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In her first solo museum exhibition, Oakland-based artist Sam Contis uses photography and archival research to explore the relationship of bodies and landscape and the shifting nature of gender identity and expression. The work in this exhibition was made at Deep Springs College—located in a remote valley on the California-Nevada border—which is one of the country’s last all-male institutions of higher learning. In this body of work, Contis has included a number of photographs borrowed from the Deep Springs archive, including images made by some of the first students at the college nearly a hundred years ago. Contis’s images of men incorporate both conventionally masculine and feminine imagery and attitudes. Against the backdrop of ageless mountain ranges, the historically constructed categories of gender seem to melt away like a desert mirage.

Organized by BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder.