Rita Leistner to Exhibit Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan at Photoville in Brooklyn, Sept. 12


Rita Leistner will be on a panel on the topic of The Virtual & the Physical: Responses to Photography in the Digital Age at the Photoville Pavilion on Saturday, September 12 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For information about this event see http://tinyurl.com/nmdnfkt .

Her work will be exhibited under the title Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: From Smartphone to Palladium 

Presented by Rita Leistner in association with The Basetrack Project

An ANA soldier attached to 1/8 searching for cell phone signal. 2011-01-29–Shir Ghazay Patrol Base, Landay Nawah County, Afghanistan. 1st Battalion 8th Marines Bravo Company 3rd Platoon.

2011-01-23–1st Battalion 8th Marines (1-8) Musa Qala District Helmand Province. At Patrol Base (PB) Griffin near the town of Karamunda. 

This exhibition is an extension of a key concept of the book: that the retro apps in smartphones are a symptom of our yearning for historical permanence and human connection in an increasingly digitized, remote-controlled world.

Leistner teams-up with Canadian Master Printer Bob Carnie, assisted by Paulette Michayluk, to create a series of monotypes in palladium with applied pigment—the most permanent color process known.

The experience of the exhibition, which also includes text panels from the book and a series of “didactic panels” that illustrate the process from smartphone to palladium, is like walking through Leistner’s own journey of process and discovery about communication, photography, technology, and war.

Related Programming: The Virtual and the Physical: Responses to Photography in the Digital Age

Award-winning photographer, writer, and educator Rita Leistner’s varied career has taken her from academia to war and back again, intersecting the genres of art, photojournalism, and literary criticism. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York and has a Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of Toronto where she teaches the history of photojournalism and documentary photography.

Her recent book, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, was shortlisted for the 2015 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology. She is co-author of several other books including Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq and The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story.

Her photography has been exhibited and published internationally and her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and books. Rita Leistner is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery. She has also planted over a million trees in Canada. (Source: http://tinyurl.com/ooqqzwr )

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