Washington, DC

Untitled #7, 2000. From the series “What Remains.”

Untitled #7, 2000. From the series “What Remains.”

Washington, DC

Sally Mann

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street, NW
June 12–September 7, 2004

Curated by Philip Brookman

In her often haunting photographic series “What Remains,” Sally Mann conflates the Romantic appreciation of disintegration’s inherent beauty, the photograph’s compulsive preservation of the past, and a southern narrative that evokes both. Through her eyes, the landscape becomes an unrelenting burial site that composts considerable psychic weight. Organized by senior curator of photography and media arts Philip Brookman and accompanied by a substantial monograph, this exhibition features more than ninety gestural and glossy wet-collodion prints that reward the viewer with their depth and resonance. Of particular interest is a group of close-up portraits that transforms the Mann children into shrouds. What remains is a tradition of loss.