Curated by Olivia Smith
Guided by a preoccupation with the subjectivity of facts, Elizabeth Moran uses photography, text, sound, and other forms of recorded documentation to examine the reliability of information and how evidence is often far from evident. Against the Best Possible Sources is part of an ongoing project including extensive research of the TIME, Inc. corporate archive and an investigation of the earliest history of the first professional fact-checkers, a position invented by the fledgling company in 1923 and held exclusively by women until 1971. Over time, the primary sources used by the fact-checkers have been retired into storage or eliminated completely. In this exhibition, Moran conflates this loss of primary sources with the untold stories of the early fact-checkers and their contribution to modern journalism.
Elizabeth Moran’s (b. 1984, Houston, TX) project-based practice examines the reliance on alleged objectivity within personal and societal systems of belief. Moran has received fellowships from The San Francisco Foundation and the Tierney Family Foundation. Her work has been featured inThe New York Times,Harper’s,The New Yorker,WIRED,VICE, andBritish Journal of Photography, among others. Moran holds an MFA + MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Olivia Smith (b. 1988, Dallas, TX) received her BFA in 2011 from SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Studio Art, Art History, and English, with a concentration in Poetry. After concluding an internship at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, she moved to New York City in 2012. Smith is the co-founder and director ofMagenta Plains, a contemporary art gallery opened in March 2016 and located in the Lower East Side of NYC. Exhibitions at Magenta Plains have been reviewed inThe New York Times,Artforum,The New Yorker,Art In America,The Nation,Forbes,The New York Observer,Frieze,The Brooklyn Rail,Artnews,Artinfo,Artnet, and more.