Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change at International Center of Photography, January 27 – May 7, 2017

“Perpetual Revolution examines the relation between the overwhelming image world that confronts us, and the volatile, provocative, and often-violent world it mirrors. The exhibition proposes that an ongoing revolution is taking place politically, socially, and technologically, and that new digital methods of image production, display, and distribution are simultaneously both reporting and producing social change. The epic social and political transformations of the last few years would not have happened with the speed and in such depth if it wasn’t for this revolution. ICP’s ambitious exhibition presents five of these critical issues transformed by visual culture—#BlackLivesMatter, gender fluidity, climate change, terrorist propaganda, and the refugee crisis.” — ICP

Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland 7 June 2007, Calving face, 30 to 40 stories high above sea level.

James Balog, Chasing Ice, 2012. Video © 2016 Chasing Inc, LLC

Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland, 7 June 2007, Helicopter gives scale against calving face three- to four-hundred-feet high. Sea surface in foreground is filled with densely packed icebergs.

James Balog, Chasing Ice, 2012.Video © 2016 Chasing Inc, LLC

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Rachel Schragis, Confronting the Climate: A Flowchart of the People’s Climate March, 2014–16. Mixed media collage, 3 x 12 feet © Rachel Schragis

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Rachel Schragis, Confronting the Climate: A Flowchart of the People’s Climate March, 2014–16. Mixed media collage, 3 x 12 feet © Rachel Schragis

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Sheila Pree Bright, #1960Now: Art + Intersection [still], 2015. Video © Sheila Pree Bright

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Sheila Pree Bright, #1960Now: Art + Intersection [still], 2015. Video © Sheila Pree Bright

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Sheila Pree Bright, #1960Now: Art + Intersection [still], 2015. Video © Sheila Pree Bright

Migrants arrive by Turkish cruise boat near village of Skala, Lesbos island Greece, Monday November, 16, 2015. The Turkish boat owner delivered some 150 persons to the Greek coast and tried to escape back to Turkey, he was arrested later in Turkish waters.

Sergey Ponomarev, [Refugees arrive by a Turkish boat near the village of Skala, on the Greek Island of Lesbos], November 16, 2015. Digital image, 9 monitors. Original photograph © Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

 

Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change is the first of three 2017 ICP exhibitions exploring the impact of photography and visual culture on society.

Perpetual Revolution was organized by ICP Curators Carol Squiers and Cynthia Young, and adjunct curators Joanna Lehan and Kalia Brooks. Images courtesy ICP.