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The May Sun.
Photographs by Terri Weifenbach. Text by Sarah Kennel and Yuri Yamada.
Izu Photo Museum, Shizuoka, Japan, 2017. In English and Japanese. 120 pp., 88 four-color and black-and-white illustrations, 8¾x12".

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Published to accompany an exhibition at the Izu Photo Museum.

Izu Photo Museum is honored to host the first solo exhibition at any art museum, anywhere in the world, of work by American photographer Terri Weifenbach (b. 1957). Weifenbach embarked on her photography practice in the 1970s after studying painting at the University of Maryland, and has since published 15 well-received photo books. The May Sun will center on The Politics of Flowers, one of Weifenbach’s leading projects, released in book form in 2005 and The May Sun series produced during Weifenbach’s long-term residency at Izu Photo Museum in 2015.

Following the death of her beloved mother in 2003, Weifenbach came across Pressed Flowers from the Holy Land, a 19th-century book made using flowers blooming in Palestine, and it was this encounter that inspired her to produce The Politics of Flowers. The blooms in the old book spoke to Weifenbach of the cruelty of living in the conflict-ridden part of the world from which they were collected, and how we can engage with the deaths of others, and carefully, she draws out these words spoken by the pressed flowers. The exhibition will comprise around 110 works, including The May Sun series and a video work shot at the Kakita River springs (Shimizu-cho, Shizuoka), being presented publicly for the first time.

Terri Weifenbach is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See her work here.


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