N. Masani Landfair: blink to see

April 24 - June 18, 2022

Reception: Reception: Sunday, April 24th, 2022

Exhibition Images

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N. Masani Landfair blink to see, 1988-89
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N. Masani Landfair: blink to see

“I began to see society more clearly in my teens. The thin veil of hype covering the irony of city living. Little did I know at the time these unseen realities were worldwide. This is during an era where there was no personal internet in homes, nor a cell phone in everyone’s hands. I recall feeling connected to using all senses to understand what was happening and changing in a blink of an eye at times all around.”

The images captured in this short come through the everyday adventures n. masani landfair around Chicago in the late 80’s. Merging her interest in journalism and cinematography, “blink to see” relates to our first reaction in the ranges of shock and surprise, negative or positive which can emote the physical reaction to blink in disbelief or awe. The reality that all our senses connect us, is getting marred in narrow minded external validation. For example; We see homeless people, but are slow to accept and understand the conditions that got them on the streets. This is very evident presently as views, visuals, and physical portrayals are more dominant to ostensibly connect people and ideas.

“We have to resist the urge with over consumption, not accepting factual information, and immediate gratifications in order to take on many of the issues we have as a whole.”

About N. Masani Landfair

N. Masani Landfair grew up in the heavily industrial community of South Chicago which contrasted constantly with the teachings and ways for her Southern Grandparents. They lived uninterrupted with much of the southern culture from their transition through the Great Migration. These influences shaped her views of beauty and worth in the simple to complex dilapidations.

Landfair takes materials considered undesirable and redefines the worth and the meaning already contained within them. She uses traditional collage and assemblage to create abstract social commentary, dream landscapes, and spaces which she consciously and subconsciously navigates in the everyday.


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N. Masani Landfair, blink to see, 1988-89. Single channel video, duration: 55 seconds, courtesy of the Artist.

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