Photograph Magazine Reviews Bettina von Zwehl Exhibition

Photograph Magazine reviewed Bettina von Zwehl’s exhibition currently on view at the New-York Historical Society! The exhibition, titled Meditations in an Emergency, is on view until April 28th. You can learn more about Zwehl’s work here.

As the first artist-in-residence at the New-York Historical Society, German-born, London-based artist Bettina von Zwehl was asked to create a project in response to works in the NYHS collection. During her stay in the city, the Parkland, Florida, school shooting happened on February 14, 2008, followed by a student “die-in” five days later in front of the White House to protest gun violence. Calling for tighter gun-control laws, the protesting students presented themselves as potential future victims.

The works comprising Meditations in an Emergency, on view through April 28, are a logical extension of von Zwehl’s usual practice, which largely consists of side-facing portraits and silhouettes. She was drawn to the museum’s collection of American portrait miniatures, and in particular the 18th- and 19th-century profile drawings by Benjamin Tappan. For her project, von Zwehl conflated an historical art form – cut-paper silhouettes – with history in the making.

Read the full review here.