Laura Heyman

Conceal/Reveal:  New Work from the Faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts


November 6, 2014 – January 18, 2015


Artist Statement


While photographing a long-term project in Haiti, I was struck by the constant use and repetition of the phrase “food and clothing” in descriptions of the needs of Haitian citizens. Wanting to picture those terms more concretely, I began a typological study of the sale and marketing of food and dry goods in Port-au-Prince, looking at everything from luxury grocery and department stores to the sale of used clothing or food items from small stands or walking vendors on the street.

Street vendors use a wide range of techniques to draw the attention of passsers by, creating elaborate displays, precarious or precise mounds and piles of all kinds of goods. I began to think of these displays as a kind of sculpture, and recreated a number of them in a range of ad hoc studios (empty apartments, abandoned buildings, my hotel room), using existing and reflected light.