Dannielle Bowman (b. 1989) is a visual artist working with photography, currently focusing on post-colonialism, power and privilege. Bowman received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the Richard Benson Prize. Bowman has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, as well as PICTURE BERLIN, in Berlin, Germany. Exhibiting her photographs in the United States and internationally, Bowman lives and works in New York.
Dannielle Bowman’s work is about the way that people occupy and mark space and time. Recently, her work is focused specifically on post-colonialism and landscape. In her current project, “Here, Now”, she investigates how various landscapes have been used throughout history by certain people to gain power over others. Through the formal abstraction of landscapes and monuments, these photos challenge the privileged histories passed down through selective telling of certain stories based on what information, people and places have been deemed important and what information, people and places have not.
Bowman’s work explores points at which post-colonial time and geological time intersect. She is using photography to abstract objects and landscapes of historical significance in an attempt to change the way those objects and landscapes are perceived. The photographs in “Here, Now” investigate the way landscape evidences humans’ use of physical earth. These photographs make connections between the materials that make up sculptures and monuments, the materials of the landscape, and the land itself. It is an act of remembering the bigger picture – the sources of the objects and monuments pictured and the reasons for their existence and preservation. In this work, Bowman draws these connections by imaging landscapes, objects made of earthly materials, and the earth itself, so that there is a constant maneuvering between source and outcome, material and object, past and present, human and land.
Artist Website: https://danniellebowman.com/