Rosalind Fox Solomon: The Forgotten @ Foley Gallery, NY
Pictures from Rosalind Fox Solomon's The Forgotten introduce us to people who are chained to events in history that have permanently affected how they live. These events can never be forgotten. They often register on the body. They act as a reminder of incidents that others would like to forget.
A scene from Cambodia, presents two teenage girls smiling for the camera, though each has lost a leg to a landmine. A photograph made a generation after the war in Vietnam, shows the genetic effects of Agent Orange. A young man in New York reflects the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic.
The body is not the only recorder of life. The space in which these stories play out tells us something about Fox Solomon’s subjects. In a school in rural Guatemala, young children pretend to make music with paper instruments. A photograph from Tennessee presents an older woman seated on her stairs, mouth open, body blocked by rails, surrounded by an army of dolls.
Each Fox Solomon photograph is a story of a life waiting to be discovered. Wherever she finds herself in the world, she finds individuals willing to share themselves with the camera, and ultimately to us. What allows us to look deeply into Fox Solomon's photographs is her compassionate point of view on subjects that might typically persuade us to look away, trying to forget what's right before our eyes.