Washington, DC

Anne Rowland

HEMPHILL

Anne Rowland grew up in an unassuming modernist house commissioned by her parents in 1963. The building was located in then-rural northern Virginia, and remained in the family until 2000. To the new owners it was a “tear down,” and the surrounding forest, now in the hands of developers, was similarly ill-fated. For Rowland, house and land were inextricably linked and fraught with meaning, and in her elegiac body of work “Private Property” (2000–), they become quietly iconic. Across thirteen photographs (executed as archival pigment prints), Rowland chronicles her home’s demolition, meditating on the strength of memory and offering a cautionary tale about the impermanence of place. Most of the photographs appear to be single-exposure, but each is actually a montage of dozens of images, suggesting an accumulation of mental impressions. Rowland’s immersive and evocative sequence skillfully

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