Photographer Boogie presented a new body of work earlier this month with his show titled “The Uncovering”. Known primarily for his black & white photography, the birth of a new son has resulted in a broadening of Boogie’s style. Once absent, colors seep into his work and offer a new angle to his photography. His penchant for street photography continues, documenting often overlooked aspects of everyday life. The exhibition is currently taking place at the Carmichael Gallery and will run until August 7th.
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Photography: Brandon Shigeta
Carmichael Gallery is pleased to present THE UNCOVERING, a powerful cross section of new photography by Serbian native Boogie. The exhibition comprises a series of limited edition silver gelatin, chromogenic and archival pigment prints whose thematic material considers the space, sensation and narrative depth between endings and new beginnings.
Born and raised in the city of Belgrade, Boogie emerged as a documenter of Yugoslavia’s civil war of the 1990s, capturing through his lens the realities of the violent rebellion that ransacked the nation around him. These early experiences shaped his intensely sober artistic voice and dark perspective of human existence. Upon moving to New York City in 1998, this attraction to
hardship and chaos transitioned to a visual exploration of the streets and homes of Brooklyn, presenting gang members, prostitutes and junkies in an astonishingly honest, familiar manner. Subsequent journeys have taken him to cities such as Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Istanbul, Cuba, and Mexico.
THE UNCOVERING is both an extension and a departure from Boogie’s previous bodies of work, reflecting a new phase in his personal life and professional evolution. Having recently returned home to Belgrade for the birth of his son, his experimentation with new color palettes in several of his works engenders a potent sense of renewal. The vibrancy of these photographs enhances the dialogue initiated by the breathtaking black and white portraits for which he is more widely recognized.
Boogie’s reach in THE UNCOVERING is broad, but cohesive – images of vandalized property, storm clouds, public housing, youth and the elderly both stand alone and chronicle a more extensive, multi-layered story. As a photographer, Boogie is singular in his ability to remove his presence as the mediator between the subjects of his work and those viewing them from without. His illumination of the complexity of the human condition without the imposition of his own ego or ideologies presents a more compelling foundation for the contemplation of his weighty subject matter and the socio-economic, philosophical and emotional currents that press from beneath.