Christine Burrill: Uprising

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Press Release
On Thursday, June 7th, 2012, 6-9 p.m., at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC’s historic headquarters since 1977, SPARC will host the closing reception for photographer Christine Burrill’s exhibition Uprising Los Angeles: A Walk Through the Civil Unrest of 1992.

About the Exhibition: Christine Burrill’s current show exhibits for the first time the images the artist made during the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. The large panels show the helplessness, shock, and rage that followed the 3000 plus fires that swept Los Angeles 20 years ago. She reveals the wide gamut of different perspectives, from the surreal image of a burnt-out laundromat in “Spaceship Los Angeles”, to the National Guardsmen closing Venice Beach, to a Latino family selling the remains of their destroyed florist business on the sidewalk, as well as a Korean-American family sweeping up all that remains of their clothing store, elegant African-American church ladies in shock the Sunday after the big burn, and would-be gang girls flashing victory signs. More collages show LAPD officers helplessly surveying crumbled shopping centers, and the employees of Samy’s camera sorting through charred Leica camera boxes.

About the Photographer: Christine Burrill is an award winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and still-photographer. Burrill has spent 30 years looking at the world through the lens of a camera. In addition to her one-woman shows of photocollages in the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden, Venezuela, her film work has been seen on PBS, BBC, and other networks worldwide.
Los Angeles Times calls her work: “beautiful and urgent. Burrill’s images have both the intimacy of a close-up and the informational clarity of a more distanced view. Burrill works like an ethnographer, preserving images of ritual and culture, but also like a genre painter, intent on evoking the ambiance, the colors and the textures that make up everyday life” (LA Times 2001). Visit her website

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