Murder, crime scenes, the supernatural, agoraphobia, and car crashes. The work of Corinne May Botz might seem a little creepy at first, but it’s really about telling a story.
Above all, Botz’s work is about recording an event (visually and at times orally) and inviting the viewer to consider a narrative, sometimes provided, other times imagined. In that sense, Botz is a storyteller, albeit the kind who invites her audience to participate in the discussion. Think forensic mixed with the supernatural.
Over a period of about 10 years, Botz visited about 100 haunted sites throughout the United States. Because her camera was capable of recording only the visible, Botz’s images invite the viewer to imagine exactly what they aren’t seeing. The result, according to Botz, “provides a unique way of understanding our relationship to the spaces we inhabit, and reflects romantic and dystopian notions of the domestic realm.”
Botz also made a vinyl record of stories she collected from people who lived, worked, or were neighbors of the haunted properties. This Saturday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m., you can meet Botz, who will be on hand at the exhibition to share some of the stories—a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.
Moving from the haunted to the haunting, Botz’s current project keeps her closer to home—specifically, on the block she shares with two tow truck companies. The result, Repository, focuses on objects left in cars that have been involved in accidents. The pictures memorialize the objects and spaces, a common thread of Botz’s work.
“The vehicles also relate to my other projects in that they are violated safe spaces,” says Botz. “The objects—talisman, books, food container, and other personal objects—suggest narratives concerning the absent owners.”
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