48. , Transperancy (Negative)[Kodak NC Color Film: May 8 - May 18th, 2008 ORD/LHF LHR/IAD IAD/JFK LGA/DCA DCA/ORD] by Walead Beshty, 2009
Walead Beshty's photographs lay bare the politics of travel in a post-9/11 world. His abstract photogram-like color fields are created by running large format negatives through the x-ray machines at various airports throughout the course of his travels. The machines irradiate the negative and in some literally expose the film. However, the exposures are uncontrollable and unpredictable; color and composition are not in the hands of Beshty, but rather in no hands at all. Instead, the penetrating invisible forces of the technology used to scan, investigate and examine our bodies and luggage from the inside out become the creators. Beshty's interaction (and dare say, collaboration) with the x-ray machines inspired a closer look at the effects of exchange: of goods, of hands, of space, and of import.