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Nicole Hatanaka: Taxinomia

Nicole Hatanaka
January 11, 2010 – February 12th, 2010

Nicole Hatanaka, Backroom

Nicole Hatanaka, Storage

Nicole Hatanaka, Storage 2

In Taxinomia, Nicole Hatanaka examines arrangements of objects in natural history museums and nature laboratories. Many of the photographs in this series were taken in the storage spaces, workspaces, offices, and backrooms of these institutions, and focus on the unexpected, accidental, and commonly overlooked. Underscoring this project is an interest in how specimens become worthy of preservation and study. What gets preserved and what gets thrown away? Which objects are put on a pedestal and which in a drawer? What determines value? More broadly, Hatanaka’s practice represents an attempt to deconstruct such binaries as ordinary and extraordinary, order and disorder, official and non-official, valuable and insignificant, in order to reframe the ways in which meaning may be constructed and interpreted for both the individual and the collective.

Artist Information: Hatanaka lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. She has exhibited her photographs in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the New York Hall of Science. Her work has also been featured in publications such as American Photography 25. Hatanaka received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and a BA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2004.

website: http://www.nicolehatanaka.com/


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