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Art October, 19 2012

Documenting Personal Tragedy – The Vesper Project

Titus Kaphar‘s, Vesper Project, sees the artist transforming Friedman Benda‘s gallery space with an installation including three rooms of a reconstructed 19th century house that explores the intersection of memory, story, and history. Using the storyline of the Vesper family as his muse, Kaphar weaves history with his own autobiographical details which express themes of identity and truth.

In fall of 2007, Kaphar received a letter from Ishmael Vesper, asking him to wade through a vast collection of inherited family journals, letters, and photographs. Vesper hoped that Kaphar would create a series of work that would piece together the family history.  Five years later, this exhibition unveils Kaphar’s response.

The Vesper Project transports the viewer into a seemingly familiar world that suspends belief with its period architecture, old-timey typewriter, discarded wardrobe, and photographs. The installation offers a historical framework to a series of sculptures and paintings Kaphar has been working on for years. Opening, November 1 if you’re in New York.

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