The primary objective of photographer Ari Gabel, Ohio-born and raised, is to document the vanishing faces and stories of anonymous individuals across America. His unconventional compositions breathe fresh air into the documentary tradition via an aesthetic awareness that unites a disparate range of imagery. Ethereally-lit garages enshrouded in mist perfectly complement seemingly candid portraits, with the outdoors as the common denominator that ties this diverse body of work together. Gabel’s method fuses a research element with sheer instinct, allowing him to explore the environment around him and to establish a common understanding of the land. This approach also accounts for the refreshingly impromptu feel of his photographs, as does his fondness for the analogue camera, which he employs not for its novelty value in the digital age, but for its capacity to form a closer connection with his subjects. www.arigabel.com.
Interview with Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment, Tim Etchells
Founded in 1984 by six recently graduated artists, the theatrical group have created numerous productions that have continued to play with language, staging, costume, lighting and the very nature of a performance piece.
Sibylle Bergemann: The Poetry of Polaroids: C/O Berlin.
The primary objective of photographer Ari Gabel is to document the vanishing faces and stories of anonymous individuals across America.