Talia Chetrit / MATRIX 193

October 6, 2023 – January 7, 2024

In an age of image excess, Talia Chetrit uses analog photography to probe the relationship between photographer, camera, and subject, investigating themes of agency, authorship, intimacy, and the passage of time. Family and friends appear throughout her work, as do the tools used to make her images, speaking to the connection between performance and photography.

Chetrit’s varied and often charged images displace the interpretive act to viewers, activating impulses and preconceptions and encouraging us to reflect on the role of photography in both our private and public lives. For her first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Chetrit presents an ambiguous sequence of 15 photographs, including recent works and images from her personal archive. Uncanny still lifes of shoes and clothes intermix with portraits, body parts, and family photos, drawing out unexpected formal and narrative connections. The viewer is invited in, but made to work.

Related Programs

Thursday, October 5, 2023 | Opening Artist Talk: Talia Chetrit in conversation with Nuar Alsadir
Ongoing | Screening: Barbara DeGenevieve’s Desperado (2004–06), Contemporary Gallery
Friday, December 15, 2023 | Curator Talk with Jared Quinton

MATRIX 193 is supported by the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Contemporary Coalition: Dr. Duffield Ashmead IV and Mr. Eric Ort, Coleman H. and Jo Champlin Casey, The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, Michele and Halsey Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Raul de Brigard, Nancy D. Grover, Laura R. Harris, Marcia Reid Marsted and Jeffrey G. Marsted, Agnes and William R. Peelle, Jr., Susan and Joel Rottner, and Linda Cheverton Wick and Walter Wick.

Additional support is provided by kaufmann repetto and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Talia Chetrit, Roman on Denis, 2022. Courtesy of the artist, kaufmann repetto, Sies and Hoke, and Hannah Hoffman.