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Ann Prochilo

Ann Prochilo's single-capture color photographs, taken simultaneously above and below water, show her in two different realities at once, one stable and otherwise normal and the other shifting, convoluted, refocused, and weird.  Her people, immersed in water, are distorted, transformed, but no less real.  In Prochilo’s formulation, the two halves together become one metaphor for transition and emergence, symbolizing the tension between self-awareness and oblivion, between the known and the unknown, and revealing the tentative foundations upon which we structure our lives. For her, the effort to survive, improve, and self-realize, above water, is analogous to swimming. She explains it succinctly:

I believe our task as human beings is to wake to ourselves and the waters in which we swim so that we may choose right action in the world. For me, that means not foundering in a sea of willful ignorance or being rendered mute by those who would drown my voice. It means swimming along, constantly reminding myself that “this… is water.”

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