DAVID PACE: BURKINA FASO IN THREE PARTS
May 11 – June 25, 2016
Wirtz Art is pleased to announce, David Pace: Burkina Faso in Three Parts, from May 3 – June 25, 2016. The exhibition, which will unfold as a three-part series, will trace David Pace’s annual trips to Burkina Faso, each part considering what it means to understand and photograph a culture that is immensely different from one’s own.
For nearly a decade David Pace has traveled each fall to Burkina Faso, a small land-locked country in Western Africa. During his initial trips, Pace was confronted by the jarringly different landscape and culture of the country, however, since those first visits, he has come to know the people of the small town of Bereba as friends, and the landscape as a familiar second-home.
Pace’s photographs reflect this slow transition from alien outsider, to being part of the community. Part 1 of the series, “First Impressions,” considers what one sees and is able to absorb when confronted with a new place. Part 2, “Returning,” will feature Pace’s series, Sur La Route, which documents the coming and goings of Pace’s own neighbors on their way to and from work—a reflection of Pace’s own comings and goings to Burkina Faso. The series will conclude with, “The Dance,” a series of images of the weekly Friday night dances which Pace not only attends, but is an active participant, dancing among the crowd while candidly photographing his fellow dancers.
Born in California in 1951, David Pace has become known for his photographs of Burkina Faso. Since 2007, he has made annual trips to Bereba, a rural village in the country, where he photographs the daily life of its residents. His work has received numerous accolades and appeared in The New Yorker, The London Financial Times, and NPR’S photo blog.