Whitney Biennial 2012

Solo en Inglès

This audio guide allows visitors to hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibition.

Moyra Davey (b. 1958), _Darling_, 2011. Chromogenic print, 4 x 6 in. (10.2 x 15.2 cm). Collection of the artist. © Moyra Davey; courtesy the artist

MOYRA DAVEY: This first piece is a grid of photographs that were folded and mailed to a friend in Paris.

NARRATOR: Artist Moyra Davey.

MOYRA DAVEY: The photographs were taken from a book that Mary Wollstonecraft published in 1796 called Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. And they're just close ups of the word "letter" over and over again.

NARRATOR: Davey has exhibited photographs since the early 1980s. It was only in 2007 that she started mailing them.

MOYRA DAVEY: You know up until then, I had always treated my photographs very carefully. Everything had to be clean and perfect. I discovered this business of folding a photograph and writing on it and putting it through mail, making a piece of mail art out of it, essentially, was something that was hugely pleasurable and a big departure from my twenty-, or thirty-year practice of making photographs, mounting them, framing them, handling them with white gloves, and so on.

It's a very social, very social process. The idea of addressing something to a friend or a relative, and knowing that they were going to open it and have the experience of seeing this photograph. I get feedback from people.

NARRATOR: To hear about Davey’s other photo work, please tap the screen.