Turns Press Release

A photo book and exhibition by Davi Russo
September 15 - October 16, 2011
Opening reception thursday September 15, 2011

Book signing 6-7pm
Reception 7-9pm


Contact: Lillan Munch, 212.228.1600, info@munchgallery.com


New York, NY, September 1, 2011 – Munch Gallery is proud to announce the opening exhibition of the Fall season: ‘Turns’ by photographer Davi Russo. Davi Russo will be presenting his lavish new photo book ‘Turns’, featuring works created over a period of six years. The photographs describe a continual cycle of beginnings and endings – moving through states of hesitation – embraced with sensuousness and a tangible love. An exclusive selection of photographs from the book will be showcased throughout the gallery. The exhibition runs through October 16, 2011.


Artist Statement

The photographs in this book were created in a haze, a six-year period of time from the age of 27 to 33. These images are a series of short exchanges. Some happened immediately and some needed to be put aside until later understood.

It begins with a moment. Then a series of attempts are made and ultimately images are produced. In each act there is a process that produces a different translation.

I initially started looking for daydreams, then mirrors, and eventually into those who might offer escape.

Those that shared similar feelings and who wanted to participate in making these pictures allowed us the process to explore ourselves by sharing. Maybe we could get past something throughout the act of photographing it.

Entering an endless rotation of starts, stops, and returning to the notion of nowhere feels quite right. Being completely immersed in the thing I’m doing at the moment always seems to be the fuel.

Then it becomes about dissecting it, falling in love, throwing it away, doubt, returning, getting lost, crossing a threshold, and always hating it the moment it’s over because it never really ends.

Changing directions is the key to getting unstuck, over the blocks and into new challenges. It comes in different cycles. Earlier cycles can shed light and inform current ones. A period of time ends, another begins, and I find myself back at a new starting point.

Ultimately, I need to get this out of my life so I set a date to abandon it. The motivation that keeps me making images is the feeling of opening up a door, stepping through, and anticipating that there are going to be beautiful consequences to where I am going.

This is a reflection for what’s already passed.