Jan 9 – 23, 2014 / Gallery hours Fri – Sun 12-6pm or by appointment
Opening: Jan 9, 6-8pm / Artist talk 7pm (Snow date Jan 10)
Salt Mountain documents the processing and importation of Boston’s road salt from one of its main sources in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to the ice-covered streets of Boston. Salt Mountain is biography of a material; a record of extraction, migration, and physical transformation, initiated by a vast and intricate choreography of human labor and global trade.
Cekala portrays this complex and beautiful system through video projection and photography, documenting extraordinary landscapes and massive machines. Her photographs echo the immense and unbelievable scale of the importation and exportation of road salt, a seemingly banal substance with a dynamic history. Road salt is the story of just one material in our modern global economy. Salt Mountain asks you to consider where materials come from and what stories they tell.
Allison Cekala is an artist living and working in Boston, MA. She holds a BA from Bard College and is a current MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She is the recipient of the Montague Travel Grant and Karsh Award in Photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and will be shown at the both the Boston Museum of Science, Boston and the Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University this spring.
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