Anna Reich | There May Be More Beautiful Times

October 16, 2020 - February 19, 2021

Visual Arts Center | Bates Trimble Gallery 

Come explore There May Be More Beautiful Times, a new body of work by Anna Reich. This project is a collection of photographs produced over a decade that both parallels and challenges expectations of life and expectations of photography. Using traditional genres and vernacular images (representing what is known, familiar, comfortable and understood) in contrast with experimental image-making processes (representing the abstracted, unfamiliar and at times undesirable) this work perpetuates photography’s analogic, and at times fantastical, relationship with reality while also including reminders of the medium’s formal limitations. Being both celebratory and critical of photography itself, this project - and its title - grew from an interest in the inherent nostalgia that is bound to many traditional forms and uses of the photographic image. Inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s quote, “There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours,” encapsulated the thematic goals of this collection.

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Anna Reich is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Augustana University. She earned her M.F.A from the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College and has worked as a visiting artist and lecturer at both the Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania and the Art Academy of Latvia. Her work investigates memory, identity and landscape and has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has received numerous grants including a travel grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art (2013), a Fulbright Research Fellowship (2013-14), an Artist as Activist Research Grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (2015), a South Dakota Arts Council grant (2017-18) and the Council for Independent Colleges “Humanities for the Public Good” grant (2019-2020). At Augustana, in addition to her standard course load, Reich leads study abroad courses in Lithuania, Poland, France and Iceland. Her newest and ongoing project investigates the parallels and contradictions between Texas and Iceland. This project is designed to offer windows into contemporary issues through photographs of people and places who help shape their regional and national culture and contribute to broader perceptions about place and identity.