Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change
January 27–May 7, 2017
Curators’ talk: February 8, 6:30–8:30pm
International Center of Photography
New York, New York 10012
The International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, kicks off 2017—its designated “Year of Social Change”—with Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change, which opened on January 27 at the ICP Museum.
Organized by ICP Curators Carol Squiers and Cynthia Young, ICP Assistant Curators Susan Carlson and Claartje van Dijk, and adjunct curators Joanna Lehan and Kalia Brooks, Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change continues ICP’s long-standing tradition of exploring the social and historic impact of visual culture.
Perpetual Revolution examines the relation between the overwhelming image world that confronts us, and the volatile, provocative, and often-violent world it mirrors. The exhibition proposes that an ongoing revolution is taking place politically, socially, and technologically, and that new digital methods of image production, display, and distribution are simultaneously both reporting and producing social change. The epic social and political transformations of the last few years would not have happened with the speed and in such depth if it wasn’t for this revolution. ICP’s ambitious exhibition presents six of these critical issues transformed by visual culture—#BlackLivesMatter, gender fluidity, climate change, terrorist propaganda, the refugee crisis, and the right-wing fringe.