Wednesday, Sep 25 at 7:00 pm
The Criminal Type: Mugshots
with Dennis Mohr, Arne Svenson and Luc Sante
** Note this event is a co-presentation that will take place at the apexart space at 291 Church Street
New York, NY 10013 United States **
We’re delighted to join apexart at their space for an evening screening at their photo exhibition The Criminal Type, open Sep 7- Oct 26. This program includes a screening of MUGSHOTS (2014) that extends the exhibition’s focus on the entwined history of photographic portraiture and criminality to the moving image. The director of Mugshots, Dennis Mohr, will be joined by artist Arne Svenson and critic Luc Sante for post-screening discussion moderated by Elizabeth Breiner.
This screening is FREE and open to the public. RSVP today!
52 min., 2014
Originally a law enforcement tool, the mug shot has deviated from its fundamental purpose as a source of criminal identification. It has been sensationalized through celebritydom, exploited by the leniency of freedom of information, and has captivated the attention of the art world. Mugshot explores the personal stories of those whose lives have been transformed by these iconic photographs.
Dennis Mohr is an award-winning documentary film producer and director, and founder of Public Pictures. His documentary MUGSHOT premiered at Hot Docs in 2014, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series, and received a Yorkton Film Festival Golden Sheaf Award for Best Arts and Culture Documentary. Mohr produced the acclaimed feature documentary Remembering Arthur about filmmaker Arthur Lipsett, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2006), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2007). In 2011, Dennis produced Disfarmer: A Portrait of America, and his latest project with Filmsight Productions is The Ravenite: A Very Antisocial Social Club (dist. Journeyman Pictures), a documentary short about the neighbours who lived across the street from the Gambino crime family headquarters.
Arne Svenson‘s art practice has led him down numerous and varied paths of visual exploration from landscape photographs of Las Vegas to portraits of sock monkeys, forensic facial reconstructions, chewed dog toys and medical museum specimens. Currently, in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum, he is working on a long-term portrait project with a group of autistic teenagers.
Luc Sante is a writer and critic. Sante has written a number of books and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.