In the theater — as in photography — one enters a black box and an image appears.
Both the stage and the lens act as an aperture through which human experience is interpreted, highlighted and observed. Considering this straightforward symmetry, Bitner chooses specific aspects of the concept of theater/performance and makes a corresponding visual index for each. She is methodically building a comprehensive “gesamtkunstwerk” or total artwork.
Rhona Bitner is a native New Yorker. Recently her work has been included in exhibitions at the Wellin Museum, and Museum of Arts and Design, Musee du Louvre, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain and published in The New Yorker, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and Volume (France). She is on the faculty of the School of the International Center of Photography.