VIDEO ART BY BROOKE WHITE
ABOVE AND BELOW
SLICES OF CLARITY
More of Brooke White's video art can be found on her website (http://www.brookecwhite.net).
Brooke White is both a practicing artist and an educator specializing in fine art photography and video art. White actively exhibits her photographs and videos nationally and internationally including the Hammer Museum, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, MASSMoCA and the DiVA Art Fair in New York, Paris and Berlin. Her work has been published in Aint Bad Magazine and Don't Take Pictures and she is the recipient of multiple grants including the Mississippi Arts Commission and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2012-13.
Much of her work investigates the intersection of identity, place and new media practices by resituating the role of geography, politics, and technology relative to the landscape. Living in geographically diverse places and unfamiliar landscapes have inspired her to contemplate the role that politics and technology have on the developing world. In her large-format digital diptychs that feature East African landscapes, the images complicate visual representations of colonialism and current sub-Saharan development. In her work focusing on the deep southern United States, she examines landscapes divided by race, gender and the environment. She was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to investigate the role that New Media has on developing contemporary Indian identity within the context of the Global South.
As Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of Imaging Arts at the University of Mississippi, White teaches traditional black and white photography, digital photography, digital video, alternative photographic processes and large format digital printing at the graduate and undergraduate level. In the classroom White encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to art making that combines traditional analog techniques alongside the newest digital strategies
ABOUT DUE SOUTH, TRUE NORTH
In her show Due South/True North, Brooke White explores the human relationship to landscape. Landscape-focused art can many times separate into two categories: the natural landscape or the natural landscape along with the humans and animals that live in it. White manages to fall into both categories simultaneously. While there are no humans in this series of photographs, the show is about people. The evidence of their existence is clear. Whether it be a lonesome basketball goal, a sprinkler spraying water into the sunlight, or tire tracks through a drained lake bed, White doesn't present the landscape as an idyllic pastoral utopia but rather confronts the real human presence within the natural scene.
Of her work, White says, "Over the course of my life I have made work about place and identity, with a particular focus on the multiple ways that landscape comes to shape and define who and what we are.... I see the landscape as a barometer that often reflects all that is taking place within the world, both on a macro and micro level. Due South, True North investigates the ways in which the landscapes of the north and south shape people’s identity."
A New Englander born and raised, White moved to the South 10 years ago. Since then, she has been interested in understanding the various ways that people define themselves through the landscape and this melding of place and identity continuously drives her work. White asks, "What are the geographic indicators that one associates with their home and how does this come to shape who we eventually become?" For White, the land is a reflection of humanity.
Brooke White is both a practicing artist and an educator who specializes in fine art photography and video art, with an M.F.A. from Cornell University and a B.F.A from Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics. White has exhibited her photographs and videos nationally and internationally including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, MASSMoCA and the DiVA Art Fair in New York, Paris and Berlin. Much of her work, both photographic and video, is created while traveling in areas such as East Africa, South East Asia, South America and the deep south of the United States.
Over the years White has received several grants and residencies, which have helped her pursue her artwork in various parts of the world. Most recently she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in India.
BROOKE WHITE: DUE SOUTH, TRUE NORTH
By Jeff Rich | December 19, 2012
In this season of travel, we are featuring images from Brooke White's series Due South, True North. In her photographs White contrasts landscapes from Mississippi with scenes from Maine. White's work speaks to the experience of travel—not only the pleasure of seeing a new landscape with its unfamiliar textures and light, but also our tendency to seek out the forms of landscapes that remind us of home.