September 8 – October 6, 2018
Opening reception September 8 6:30 - 8:30 PM
DALLAS – For the first time since their solo exhibition at Dallas Contemporary in 2015, Ukranian photography duo Synchrodogs returns to Dallas to present a new series of photographs at Galleri Urbane.
Consisting of twelve captivating images made in the last year, Slightly Altered advances Synchrodogs’ unique perspective of mankind’s complex relationship with the natural world.
For their 2015 Supernatural series, commissioned by Dallas Contemporary, the photographers traveled the American southwest, capturing the geography through a sublime approach that blurred the line between the real and the imagined. In Slightly Altered, Synchrodogs transports its Dallas viewers to the Carpathian Mountains of their native Ukraine. If the soul of the American southwest is a desert, the soul of the Ukranian Carpathian Mountain Range is an overwhelming green forest.
Traveling across the terrain over the course of one month, the duo gained a heightened awareness for the ways in which man has harmfully intruded on the forested regions that raised them.
The series was borne from multiple unsettling observations that marked the photographers’ travels: taxidermied animals were plentiful in every restaurant or hotel in the mountains whilelive ones were never spotted in the wild; an abandoned fire was left to burn in the valley and urgently needed to be stomped out; and mounds of plastic garbage were found littered throughout the territory. Reflecting on these experiences, the photographs in Slightly Altered serve as a meditation on the interrelationship between man and nature.
Slighly Altered posits that through changing nature, we change ourselves. Mass deforestation ignited by the global market for timber, for instance, has resulted in the flooding of mountain villages that were once protected by the trees’ dense root system. The subjects of these new photographs consist of thoroughly planned and executed temporary installations in the Ukranian wilderness. Scenes of nature, such as a towering pine tree adorned in a curious reflective material, bring an awareness of the human ability to manipulate the natural world. Images containing the human figure, including Synchrodogs’ characteristic nudes, expose a more vulnerable, emotional connection to our ecological surroundings. Altogether, these images highlight a fragile ecosystem that calls for awareness, responsibility, and care.
A public opening reception for Slightly Altered will take place at Galleri Urbane Dallas on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, from 6:30-8:30pm.