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Melissa Langer: In Excess
Friday, September 9, 2022 - Sunday, October 16, 2022

Melissa Langer: In Excess

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 2022 | 6-9pm | Free-To-Attend
Friday, September 9, 2022 – Sunday, October 16, 2022
Presented in Gallery Two

In Excess represents one stage of my ongoing inquiry into and observation of Philadelphia’s many fraught campaigns to manage its own waste. Archival vignettes and original media form a collage of the city’s many strategies throughout the decades – from fanciful schemes of a centralized vacuum system, to sanitation parades, to public shaming campaigns. Together they form a surprising and complex picture of the city’s vexing relationship to trash. The installation disorients and reorients us in physical space, evoking our enduring, collective relationship with this cyclical affliction of our own design. In Excess exists as a collection of findings to date – its part of my continued documentation of this ecosystem of individuals, organizations, non-human subjects and phenomenon which will be edited into a feature length film.

About The Artist

Melissa Langer is a filmmaker, artist and Director of Photography. Her work behind the camera spans across documentary, scripted and experimental modes. She is a member of Vox Populi, an artist-run collective in Philadelphia, and her own art practice in experimental/found video and installation work informs her role as a Director, as she will oftentimes use archival cameras alongside her primary camera. She was recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy in Cinematography for her work on CHEER, and was also the DP for PRAY AWAY and Producer/Cinematographer for ATTLA. She is a Cinema Eye Honors Nominee and her films, including MY ALEPPO, have premiered and won awards at festivals internationally, including Telluride Film Festival and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight.
More Info: melissalanger.com / @melissaalanger


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