Francine Fleischer / Swim: The Water In Between
Pictura Gallery is pleased to present SWIM: The Water In Between by Francine Fleischer. These playful photographs show recreational swimmers in underground caverns of water. Fleisher offers a new vantage point to observe human forms as they skim over the murky waters of the Mexican Cenotes.
June 5 - August 1
Opening Reception Friday June 5th, 5 - 8 pm
Francine Fleischer, a native New Yorker, received a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase where she studied with Jan Groover Jed Devine and Laurie Simmons. She followed with a media studies grant at NYU.
After graduating she cut her teeth in the studios of Annie Liebovitz and Michel Comte.
Her Portrait, Interior and Travel work have appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, and Italian Vogue. She was also a regular contributor to House and Garden Magazine.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Please see "News" page for show updates.
She currently divides her time between New York City and Sag Harbor where she lives with her husband, daughter and menagerie.
SWIM: THE WATER IN BETWEEN / Artist Statement
This series was photographed in a magical yet mysterious swimming hole that had been used by an ancient civilization for human sacrifice. Today it is used by swimmers for recreational swim. I’ve been returning to this spot to photograph the ever-changing cast of characters in this consistent pool.
The dark waters are deep below the earth’s surface and lit from above by a hole in the ground revealing sky and sunlight. When I look down on the swimmers in these inky waters, it is a bit like looking down the rabbit hole into another world. Sometimes it is an allegorical scene illustrating my subterranean dreams, other times I am a merely a voyeur, capturing the body politics and random scenarios, the contradictions of light and dark, levity and gravity, reality and revelry, tribulations and joy and of course sinking and swimming.
Each time I return here, I am drawn in by these contradictions, the human conversations and the random choreography below.