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Entry Title: "Shots Fired"
Name:
Mark Teiwes
, United States
Category and Expertise: Abstract, Professional


Entry Description: Photography as Evidence and Abstraction: Using a camera-less process, I shoot photosensitive material with a gun. It is the literal documentation of a gun’s effects on the material. The objects are exposed to the ambient light and later developed. While issues of guns and violence in society are complex, for me the work continues to inspire new inquiry, investigation, and discourse on contemporary issues in photography, society, and culture. When photographic material physically interacts with the exterior world, the medium’s relationship to veracity, realism, and referent are affected. The inquiry and experimentation in my artwork produces objects that capture a moment of violence. The abstract becomes physical.