Open letter to the Mothership – ICP Library @ 6.30pm to 8.30pm July 11, 2018


Open letter to the Mothership is an exhibition of photographs by Christine Callahan with the artist’s selection of ICP library books and objects from her personal collection.

It marks the beginning of over a year of Cosmic Photobook intervention for the ICP Library. A new series the ICP Library exhibitions, events and interventions: Old Space, New Space for 2018-2019. Watch this space as it unfolds. . .

Dear Mothership,

I have recognized and received your signals. I appreciate discovering your markings hidden in plain sight. When finding your coordinates, I unlock them with my capture device. I am thrilled to have identified a considerable amount of them in ordinary, earthly locations. These occurrences make my transcendental experiences more consequential. Your presence is felt, it helps me cope with the overwhelming greed, war and injustice that desecrates my blue planet. Please keep the illuminating signals coming. If you happen to need a feminist, queer, human artist for study or research, please feel free to take me with you. You can spot me traveling about with fellow cosmic souls, camera in hand, searching for light, color and hope.

Sincerely yours,

Christine Callahan

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Christine Callahan is an artist and native New Yorker. She earned her MFA from the International Center of Photography – Bard College and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland, the LiShui Museum of Photography, China, Context Gallery, Northern Ireland, Tactile Bosh Gallery, Wales and Aperture Gallery, New York. Selections from her project, 58 Empress Pines Drive were published in the Aperture book, ReGeneration 2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today. In conjunction with exhibitions, her work has been published by Thames & Hudson, the Cardiff School of Art and Design, the International Center of Photography and Curious Matter Gallery. A series of photographs from her project Edge of Happiness were published in the art journal, Tool Book. She teaches photography at the International Center of Photography and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – online division. She writes for the contemporary photography platform LensCulture. She lives in New York City.

Christine Callahan


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