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Sam Contis

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Sam Contis, "Overpass," 2022

"Overpass is about what it means to move through the landscape. Walking along a vast network of centuries-old footpaths through the English countryside, artist Sam Contis focuses on stiles, the simple structures that offer a means of passage over walls and fences and allow public access through privately owned land. In her immersive sequences of black-and-white photographs, they become repeating sculptural forms in the landscape, invitations to free movement on one hand and a reminder of the history of enclosure on the other. Made from wood and stone, each unique, they appear as markers pointing the way forward, or decaying and half-hidden by the undergrowth. An essay by writer Daisy Hildyard contextualizes this body of work within histories of the British landscape and contemporary ecological discourses. In an age of rising nationalism and a renewed insistence on borders, Overpass invites us to reflect on how we cross boundaries, who owns space, and the ways we have shaped the natural environment and how we might shape it in the future." (Text from aperture website)

Review

Sam Contis Reviewed in The New Yorker

Duet, Sam Contis’s current solo show, was reviewed in The New Yorker by Andrea K. Scott. Scott traces the lineage present in Contis’s work while celebrating the variety of formats on view.

Outside Exhibition

Sam Contis at Carré d'Art Nîmes

For her first solo exhibition at a European institution, Sam Contis’s Transit presents new and recent works from three series, including large scale color photographs, intimately scaled gelatin silver prints, and a two-channel video projection. Contis’s recurring interest is in the body in flux – in motion through the landscape and through transitional states of identity. Transit is on view at Carré d'Art Nîmes July 5 through November 20, 2022.

Review

Sam Contis Reviewed in The New Yorker

Duet, Sam Contis's current solo show, was reviewed in The New Yorker by Andrea K. Scott. Scott traces the lineage present in Contis's work while celebrating the variety of formats on view.

News

Sam Contis Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Sam Contis a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship for her achievement and promise in the field of photography.

Museum Acquisition

Sam Contis Works Acquired by The Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou has acquired the following artworks from Sam Contis's Deep Springs series: Untitled (Neck), 2015; Hold Down, 2014; Pulling Back the Skin, 2014; Eggs, 2015; Red Desert (Death Valley), 2014; Shoeing, 2013; Untitled (Sheet), 2016; Cover, 2013; Arbor, 2014; Untitled (Riding the Range, ca. 1920-24), 2016.

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"MASCULINITIES", featuring Sam Contis is traveling to Les Rencontres d'Arles

Sam Contis has a selection of works on view as a part of Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, a group exhibition that has travelled to Les Rencontres d'Arles in Arles, France after being on view at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, UK. July 4 - September 26, 2021.

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Sam Contis
Day Sleeper, 2020

In this book Sam Contis presents a new window onto the work of the iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange. Drawing from Lange’s extensive archive, Contis constructs a fragmented, unfamiliar world centred around the figure of the day sleeper – at once a symbol of respite and oblivion.

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Sam Contis at the Museum of Modern Art

Sam Contis has work in Being: New Photography 2018, curated by Lucy Gallun, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The show runs from March 8- August 19, 2018. 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY.