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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Melissa Cacciola: Skywalkers. The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker

Silverstein Properties and 4 World Trade Center is pleased to host the temporary exhibit Skywalkers: The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center, a collection of thirty tintype portraits of Mohawk Ironworkers who volunteered in the rescue efforts after 9/11 and were an integral part of the construction of One World Trade, Towers 2, 3, and 4 and the Calatrava Transportation Hub. The tintypes will be exhibited on the 67th floor of 4 World Trade, offering a magnificent panorama of downtown New York.

IMG_4186The artist Melissa Cacciola at the opening at the World Trade Center.

 

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Artist Melissa Cacciola photographed thirty men from the Kahnawake and Aquasasne reservations in Canada in an effort to continue the next chapter of the 9/11 story: chronicling the rebirth of an icon while recording a disappearing tradition of storied tradesmen.

Using the historic process of the tintype (a photographic positive on a lacquered metal plate, invented during the 1850s), Cacciola created individual portraits of each ironworker using a large format camera, period brass lenses, and hand-made film emulsions. Some of the earliest known tintypes in existence are of Native American subjects giving further relevance to the use of this nineteenth-century process.

double 1 ©Melissa Cacciola. Old Man, tintype, 2012 ; Harrison, tintype, 2012. Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery

 

double 2©Melissa Cacciola. Preston, tintype, 2012 ; Jesse, tintype, 2012. Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery 

Skywalkers: The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center results in a series of haunting photographs of this small community of men. These unique portraits bear witness to lives deeply lived: flawed characters, fears and aspirations, and storied histories, all revealed in a ten-second exposure before the camera.

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The show opened February 4th and will be on view through March 12th, 2015. Public Viewings by Appointment, Thursday – Saturday, 12-6 pm.

All Opening images by Lena Vassiliou

Francesca Woodman at Marian Goodman Gallery

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