Filter Photo is pleased to present Beautiful Pig, work by Ben Schonberger.
Schonberger states, “While working in Detroit, I acquired a series of photographs from a retired former Detroit Police officer, Marty Gaynor, whom I began to interview weekly over a course of two years. Among his thousands of photographs were images that he had taken in the line of duty. By cataloging, arranging, and interpreting his work, I gave it the parameters of an archive. I arranged Marty’s images to create documents in the format of a grid. Each grid was presented to Marty as a canvas for him to transcribe a narration for his images. I infiltrated and paired the grids with images I had taken during my investigation and interaction with Marty. After organizing the images, I began to struggle with indexical notations the archive revealed when presented as unified work. I embarked on an image making process along-side Marty to see if I could understand the realities of identity, spirituality, and empathy”.
Beautiful Pig is an examination of Sergeant Marty Gaynor’s personal archive through the perspective of the artist Ben Schonberger and his interactions with Gaynor as well as the artist’s reaction to the conflicts the archive reveals. The exhibition presents Gaynor’s archive along with Schonberger’s photographs and sculptural objects highlighting the investigative role-playing performances between the artist and subject.