The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) recently launched The Invisible Photograph, a five-part documentary series investigating the “expansive realm of photographic production, distribution, and consumption by way of the hidden side of photography, whether guarded, stashed away, barely recognizable, or simply forgotten.” On September 19th, the museum will continue the series with the world premiere of Discarded: Joachim Schmid and the Anti-Museum.
The film delves into the work of Joachim Schmid, a German artist who has spent the past 30 years roaming flea markets and city streets to retrieve photographs that have been discarded by their creators and users. He has pieced together an anti-museum of over 1,000 images that would otherwise never have been seen, and created a new context for their visual consumption. Fascinated by photographs as physical objects, Schmid traces the layers of meaning that have built up over time as they have been handled, scuffed, marked, and written upon. Paired with his newest work, dedicated to sifting through the visual detritus of the digital world, the video examines what happens when images consigned to the physical and virtual trash heap are given new life.
Discarded begins at 6:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. A discussion with Schmid and Arthur Ou, creative director of The Invisible Photograph documentary series and an Agent of the Hillman Photography Initiative, will follow. Event includes a post-screening party complete with cash bar and German beers courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company. Tickets are $10, $15 at the door, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website. Ticket price includes one drink ticket.