Magnetic fields of opposing charges — movement against static, a dusty palate, a neon splash, tension and release, The Palimpsest Series invites viewers to lose themselves within textured dreamscapes and then it deliberately breaks this spell with shards of photographic realism.
This is the first time The Palimpsest Series, photographs from Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar, is being exhibited in its entirety and with the Palimpsest Soundscape. It is apt that this exhibition debut in Abu Dhabi where the culture simultaneously embraces international influences and local tradition. Here, like The Palimpsest Series photographs, traces of tradition burn through layers of contemporary perception to form an indelible palimpsest.
“Each Palimpsest photograph is a compressed memory, my version of Chinese Whispers in which by retelling stories that I do not fully understand, I change information and rationalize according to my own beliefs, biases and cultural background. Memories and fantasies are intertwined, crossing over and interfering with each other, becoming enhanced and distorted with each recollection as I selectively composite each Palimpsest image to reflect my version of the truth, as if changing the lyrics to a well-known song.” Wendy Bednarz
The Palimpsest Soundscape, created with Sound Designer Garreth Chan, is in dialogue with the Palimpsest photographs. These sonic-threads wax and wane into a dreamy anthropophony, inviting the listener to create their own narrative by connecting disparate sounds; the possibilities are as limitless as the listener’s imagination. Tuk-Tuks, spinning bicycle wheels, rainstorms, cows, synthesized drones, processed spoken word, Indian chanting and advertising jingles are a few of the one-hundred-eighty-three sonic-threads that are sourced from the same countries as The Palimpsest Series photographs to create an immersive viewing experience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Wendy Bednarz is a filmmaker and a photographer whose professional work engages multicultural narratives and has screened at venues worldwide including New York Museum of Modern Art, Montreal World Film Festival and Venice Film Festival and has garnered awards such as Cine Golden Eagle, Independent Film Award and Sundance Winfemme.
Wendy is Head of Film and New Media Program at NYUAD where she teaches film directing, screenwriting and production courses. Before coming to NYUAD in 2014 she taught at The Lee Strasberg Institute and was a full-time faculty member of New York University’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television Undergraduate Film Program and NYU’s Tisch Asia Graduate Film Department.
Wendy is currently working on several projects including photographing the Ethiopian Omo Valley Tribes and developing feature film projects that reflect Wendy’s passion for telling transnational stories that challenge geographic and cultural divisions, emphasize a single human existence and take place in the Middle East and greater Asia.
Wendy (director/producer) recently completed the feature documentary, Burning Money, that is shot in Singapore’s Chinese community and explores the thousand years plus tradition of burning paper money and facsimiles of everyday objects to deliver a happy life in the hereafter. www.burningmoneydocumentary.com
Wendy Bednarz’s upcoming solo exhibition at the NYUAD Project Space, October 2017, The Palimpsest Series, includes large-scale photographs that inhabit spaces between abstraction and figuration and are shown with a new sound installation, Palimpsest Soundscape, to create an immersive visitor experience.
Wendy’s Fine Art Photography can be viewed at www.wendyjbednarz.com