Fotograf Magazine

Dennis Adams

Visualizing the Politics of Silence

The resonance and compassion in Adams’ work is founded not only in an acceptance of contemporary pluralism but in an historical conception of “public” that ties his work to a continuum, a tradition of productive debate and dissent.”[ref]Patricia C. Phillips: Critical Buildings, in: Buildings Against Image, 1979–1987, 1986, The Alternative Museum[/ref] 

This short text dedicated to the work in public space by American artist Dennis Adams (b. 1948) opens – perhaps somewhat surprisingly – with the archeology of family roots. But it is precisely this which can lead us to the first inklings of Adams’ long-term working method, provisionally defined as “visualization.” 

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