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MIMIC by Alyssa Miserendino @ The Carrack

MIMIC is both an exhibition and book project of re-photographed original photographic prints with flash, and manipulated originals. All images are taken from my family archive, spanning about 20 years and consisting of over 5,000 images. My father, who I rarely speak with today, took most, if not all of the images included in this project.

In 2001, I saw my father for what I believed was the last time. He told me he was on the run, living out of his car. He left our house taking all my mother’s clothing and some of his clothing. Left behind was his methodically labeled family archive of photographs; prints we were often not allowed to touch without his supervision. I wouldn’t see him again until 2013.

In January of 2015 I took the archive to my studio, nailing around 1500 images to my walls, covering them from floor to ceiling. At some point I came to the realization that my father suffered from anti-social personality disorder, while working through this process. In December of 2015 my mother confirmed two family therapists came to this conclusion over a decade prior.

The images presented here, at the Carrack, are not necessarily sequentially ordered, and display my father’s discipline in non-linear form. This backdrop I imagine as time. “When [Einstein’s] great Italian friend Michele Besso died, Einstein wrote a moving letter to Michele’s sister: “Michele has left this strange world a little before me. This means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction made between past, present and future is nothing more than a persistent, stubborn illusion.””1 I’d like to think my father used the camera not as a means to his indexical "now,” but as a means to connect with people. It was an act of discipline. “The sense of the dedicated act is to serve, not oneself, but the object of one’s dedication, and it is therefore characterized by a quality of selflessness, discipline and even depersonalization.”2 | +1-773-800-1175 | 2

Alyssa Miserendino is an interdisciplinary artist & educator, working in photography, sculpture, video, sound, performance & installation. She creates artwork driven by her interest in paradox & connection. Since her undergraduate fellowship award, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her work has since been supported by organizations such as the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and ARUP. She completed her Masters in Fine Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently teaching at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Driven by synchronicity, Alyssa meets collaborative artists and strangers on planes, through daily routine encounters, & through the stories we share with one another. Her eye is informed by the study of architecture, traveling to France to study at Vitra’s Boisbuchet & to Santa Barbara, California to studywith a residential green architect. Her childhood study of music fosters a rhythm of comfort while working with collaborative teams, during project productions. In addition, she worked as an interior designer & commercial photographer for over a decade, while pursuing an artistic career late at night. This experience and her 5th grade paper on black holes have informed her artistic practice to date.

Opening reception: October 20, 6 - 9 pm, Artist Talk 6:30pm

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947 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701

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