The International Center of Photography Museum (ICP) has acquired Traces of Exile for their permanent collection. This is the first time the ICP has ever acquired a video installation for their collection, which contains more than 100,000 still photographs spanning the history of photography, from daguerrotypes to digital chromogenic prints.
Traces of Exile (2016-2017) is a single-channel 15-minute video installation. Inspired by an Augmented Reality app, it layers enhanced widescreen landscapes along the European refugee trail with small Instagram selfies geo-tagged to the same location, capturing the intersection of the refugees’ online presence and the locations of their exile. The piece was commissioned by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) with support from the Pulitzer Center.
Notable artists represented in the ICP permanent collection include Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, André Kertész, Gilles Peress, Man Ray, Sebastião Salgado, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, and Garry Winogrand.