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Carlos Betancourt at Southeast Museum of Photography. Daytona Beach

Carlos Betancourt, Re-collection VIII (red), 2009, C-print.

Carlos Betancourt, Re-collection VIII (red), 2009, C-print.

October 10 - December 3, 2017

The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Fla., is inaugurating a solo exhibition of works by Miami-based Carlos Betancourt. Through his oeuvre, he explores the human desire to document, memorialize, remember or revisit one’s experiences. His fascination with preserving memory leads to an obsession with collecting such things as family photos, memorabilia, Christmas ornaments or sand castle molds closely associated with his childhood in Puerto Rico. He combines seemingly random objects imbued with vital memories and then assembles them in unapologetically beautiful, vibrant and strange compositions. The objects are remade with pageantry and performance, given a sparkling gold patina that softens the edges of youth lost over time. Likewise, his photography pushes the boundaries between the pure capture of the lens and image making in production that results in an experimental explosion of sensations: lush, radiant, eccentric and uninhibited.

The show will include selections from his Re-Collections series, composed of ornamental and organic photographic prints, The Cut-Out Army, which consist of life-sized prints of those closest to him in various outfits and poses, and a selection of recent works. www.smponline.org

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