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Kimberly Ruth
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am more of an archivist than an image maker. Many of my projects involve a collecting and curating of images, images that I purchase from both stock image sites and individual businesses. My fascination with the commodification of the image—and experience, which, I argue, is often dependent on the image—is what led me to focus my practice on researching common themes within already existing images. In my dig of stock image archives—using words that have transnational meanings including “family” “labor” and “love”—I found a number of different aspects of the stock image system that intrigued me, especially the use of keywords and the disparity between these two forms of communication (words and images). Paired with images using the keyword “labor”, for example, were images that were also defined by words such as “happy”, “proud”, "dancing while working”, etc. The theatricality of many of these staged clips—such as men dressed in tights dancing around a white room with a shop broom— were both comical and offensive. They seemed to be heavily tagged with American ideologies, despite the nationality of the subjects.
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  • Mr. & Mrs. Mahadevan [from I’ve Been There series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in, 2014
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Mr. Bond and his Brother [from I’ve Been There series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Mrs. O’Brien [from I’ve Been There series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Miss Jessica [from I’ve Been There series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Miss Caroline and her boyfriend [from I’ve Been There series]Miss Caroline and her boyfriend [
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Mr. Adi Breuer [from I’ve Been There series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Mrs. Barbara Williams [from I’ve Been There series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Mr. Garcia and his Family [from I’ve Been There series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    17 in x 14 in
    Digital file purchased from Kentaro Suzuki, owner of Kimono Rentals, Tokyo

  • Asian Family [from Keyword: Family series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    30 in x 22 in

  • Happy American Family [from Keyword: Family series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    24 in x 24 in

  • Girl and her Grandmother [from Keyword: Family series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    30 in x 22 in

  • Soldier and his Proud Father [from Keyword: Family series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    36 in x 24 in

  • Arab and his Wife [from Keyword: Family series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    30 in x 20 in

  • Muslim Pilgrims [from Keyword: Family series]
    2014
    Archival Digital Print
    16 in x 20 in

  • Boy and donkey [from Keyword: Laborer series]
    2013
    Archival Digital Print, 36 in x 24 in, Video on iPhone with sound

  • Happy Laborer Cleaning [from Keyword: Laborer series]
    2013
    Archival Digital Print, 36 in x 24 in, Stock video on iPhone with sound

  • Clean: African Art from the Tate Modern [from Keyword: Laborer series]
    2013
    Archival Digital Print, 36 in x 24 in, Stock video on iPhone with sound

  • We Tell Each Other Stories in Order to Live, Fourth Wall Gallery, Boston MA, 2012
    2012
    HD video with sound
    RT: 12 min 3 sec
    We Tell Each Other Stories In Order To Live is the first video in a series of work dealing with issues of truth, performance and story telling. Through the translation of text, including movie scripts

  • A narrative in progress
    2014
    Found photographs, fabric, graphite, wood
    Not a finished piece; current studio experimentation
 








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