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'Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher' Opens at the UCLA Fowler Museum Sept. 17Josef, Sale, 1995

'Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher' Opens at the UCLA Fowler Museum Sept. 17

The exhibition features 48 black-and-white photographs that explore the theme of the "liminal," the sensory threshold that exists in social interactions, physical spaces, and desert and urban settings.

At unexpected points of intersection were city gates linking one century to another, game shows on TVs hooked up to generators in villages otherwise lacking electricity, and former nomads ....

This article was first published by UCLA News.

Date: August 21, 2006
Contact: Stacey Abarbanel ( staceyra@arts.ucla.edu )
Phone: 310-825-4288

In 1995 and again in 1998, photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher traveled extensively throughout Morocco. There she observed a way of life infused with faith and humor, where the thinnest of membranes at once seemed to separate and to unite the realms of the visible and the invisible. "Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher," on display at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History from Sept. 17 through Jan. 14, 2007, features 48 black-and-white photographs that explore the theme of the "liminal," the sensory threshold that exists in social interactions, physical spaces, and desert and urban settings.

According to Fisher, the intensity of Morocco lies in the constant juxtaposition of contrasting elements: "Oasis villages materializing out of the clear horizon. Dark, narrow passageways opening into spacious, bright, cool interiors. At unexpected points of intersection were city gates linking one century to another, game shows on TVs hooked up to generators in villages otherwise lacking electricity, and former nomads who opened hotels and created desert adventures for nomadic tourists."

In addition to featuring numerous scenes of Moroccans of varying ages and backgrounds, Fisher's photographs suggest the liminal spaces that exist in architecture, daily life and states of mind. Images of gateways, shrines, cemeteries, wells, mosques and synagogues invite viewers to consider the notion of "in-betweeness" in physical as well as metaphysical contexts. Actions such as preparing for the Sabbath, embarking on pilgrimages, Muslims reminiscing about their former Jewish neighbors or visiting a place whose purpose has been redefined mark transitions between the mundane and the sacred, and the past and the present.

Rose-Lynn Fisher is a Los Angeles-based photographer, digital artist and mixed-media painter. She earned her B.F.A. from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Her photographs and paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the Bermuda National Gallery; the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles; the United Nations headquarters, New York; the Jewish Museum, New York; the Jewish Museum, Vienna; the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Umm el-Fahm, Israel; and the Chicago Cultural Center. Her work is included in numerous permanent collections.

"Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher" will be on view in the Fowler Museum's Goldenberg Galleria. Fisher's work is sponsored by Hahnemühle Fine Art; Piezography Inks at InkjetMall.com; the Crescent Cardboard Company, producer of RagMat; and Kodak Professional.

The Fowler Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Thursday from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $8 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call (310) 825-4361 or visit http://fowler.ucla.edu.

Related Event:

At 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, the Fowler will sponsor artist walk-throughs of "Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher." Explore thresholds, both tangible and intangible, with artist Rose-Lynn Fisher as she discusses her photographs. Light refreshments will be served.

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