A Spectacle and Nothing Strange by Ahndraya Parlato and ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern
Hosted by Spaces Corners at ICP Museum
Spaces Corners at ICP Museum invites you to a book signing for A Spectacle and Nothing Strange by Ahndraya Parlato and ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern. Christian Hawkey will present a short reading from A Spectacle and Nothing Strange beginning promptly at 7pm.
Combining ten years’ worth of images, A Spectacle and Nothing Strange draws on Parlato’s experience being raised by a single mother who was mentally ill. These photographs allow her to move between various realities, acknowledging the validity of her mother’s world, while also questioning the boundaries of normal, abnormal, sane, and insane.
The pictures in ZZYZX begin in the desert east of Los Angeles and move west through the city, ending at the Pacific Ocean. This general westward movement alludes to a thirst for water, as well as the original expansion of America, which was born in the east and which hungrily drove itself west until reaching the Pacific, thereby fulfilling its “manifest” destiny.