Haunted Houses: Photographs and Recordings by Corinne May Botz
Date: Tuesday, December 14th
Location: Observatory - 543 Union St (at Nevins), Brooklyn (Enter via Proteus Gowanus)
Admission: $5 cash
Presented by Phantasmaphile
Haunted Houses is a long-term project in which artist Corinne May Botz photographed and collected oral ghosts stories in over eighty haunted sites across the United States. The series was inspired by turn of the century spirit photographs and Victorian ghost stories written by women to voice domestic discontents. Haunted Houses traverses diverse fields such as photography, cultural history, architecture, folklore, and the supernatural. This evening, Botz will present photographs from her book, Haunted Houses, and discuss her experiences and findings. For the first time, she will also play excerpts from the archive of oral ghost stories that she collected during her travels. She is particularly interested in connection between ghosts and houses, and how current inhabitants negotiate the history of their homes when ‘living’ with a ghost. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Corinne May Botz is a photographer and author who investigates the perception of space and our emotional connections to architecture and objects. Her photographs have been internationally exhibited including shows at Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, Germany, Bellwether Gallery in New York, and The Center for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland. She is the author of Haunted Houses (The Monacelli Press, 2010) and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (The Monacelli Press, 2004). Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Village Voice, BookForum, and Modern Painters. More information is available at: www.corinnebotz.com