Photographer Mariana Vieira takes on the emotional impact of the latest shift in American politics.
Interference documents the first 100 days of the administration of the 45th President of the United States through the medium of a television screen.
The significance of the first 100 days of a presidency is debated, but historically has been used to gauge the future course of an administration. The course set by an American administration is closely watched in the global stage because its effects will ripple through every continent.
Photography, specifically in journalism, is intrinsically linked to history, evidence, objectivity and truth—despite its dual role in the creation of many fantasies and falsehoods.
Instead of assuming photography’s inherent truth, the photographs in Interference further abstract TV news headlines by recording daily events through a distorting wide-angle lens and film.
Through each step in this process, the image metamorphoses from one medium into another—from Internet to TV screen to film to scanner to computer software. Each technology interferes with each other, creating Moiré patterns: interference that appears when similar patterns are overlaid but slightly displaced.
These distortions and unwanted artifacts reflect the breakdown of information being translated through each electronic device, skewing any original meaning and confusing a final resolution.
Photography has documented significant human events for almost two centuries, including scientific discoveries, distant galaxies, and human conflict. Interference questions how photography can be used to record events in the age of alternative facts and fake news.
The exhibition took place during Denver’s Arts Week, November 3–11, 2017 and continues through December 31, 2017.