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Vera Lutter, Ali Jassim from Suite of nine Giclee prints

Carolina Nitsch is pleased to present Samar Hussein by Vera Lutter at Carolina Nitsch Project Room in Chelsea, New York. This exhibition is a two part presentation including a DVD wall projection of an endless loop of images and a portfolio of nine prints.

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Vera Lutter, Mohammed Jassim from Suite of nine Giclee prints

“Images of a blooming Hibiscus plant are used to allude to the cycle of human life, from the unfurling of the first bud to the rotting of a decaying, shriveled blossom. The flesh-colored tones of these flowers together with their often surprisingly sensuous, sometimes sexual formations, lend themselves to the memory of human life, its beauty and joy, and to the memory of flesh, wound, and death.

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Vera Lutter, Muhammed Taha Abbas from Suite of nine Giclee prints 

Samar Hussein commemorates the estimated 100’000 civilian deaths caused by the American led war on Iraq since the invasion in March, 2003. Using information obtained from the Iraq Body Count project, names of the dead were applied to the sequence of projected and printed photographs — one name per image — in chronological order of their death. The first image and the entire project are named after Samar Hussein, a 13-year-old girl, and the first civilian to die whose identity was recorded.” (Vera Lutter, March 2009)

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Vera Lutter, Muna Taha Abbas from Suite of nine Giclee prints

Vera Lutter received her MFA in Photography and Related Media in 1995 from the School for Visual Arts in New York. Trained in Munich as a sculptor, Lutter was inspired upon arriving in New York City by its urban chaos and industrial landscape. Her attempt to capture the current of the city became her first experiment with the camera obscura.

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Vera Lutter, Samar Hussein - portfolio

Lutter’s photography is known from her projects on architectural or industrial landmarks and places with iconic resonance, from the abandoned Pepsi Cola Factory in Long Island City to the now defunct Battersea Power Station in London. Her depiction of these structures emphasizes their formidable stature while personifying their melancholic solitude and isolation. A haunting quality and ethereal tones dominate Lutter’s images, reflecting the passing of time and signifying both the transient and the perpetual.

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Vera Lutter, Samar Hussein from Suite of nine Giclee pr 

Vera Lutter’s photographs have been exhibited at Dia: Beacon and Dia: Chelsea, New York; Kunsthalle, Basel; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of Art, New York. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Neue Galerie and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Vera Lutter is represented by Gagosian Gallery and Galerie Max Hetzler.

The exhibition Samar Hussein at Carolina Nitsch Project Room is on view from April 17 - June 20. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 6pm. For additional information or photographic materials please contact info@carolinanitsch.com or call 212 - 645 2030.