"enDuring Hours" : a photography exhibition - Marie Emerson

Location: Shopkeepers | 1231 Florida Avenue NE D.C. 20002   

Dated: Summer of 2017

It had been almost one year since Marie Emerson’s photography exhibition “After hours,” and in that time, what  happened? “After hours” explored the time spent after the hours of 9-5 and the lives we wish to lead outside the mandatory demands and asks of life. Working backwards in a continuing volume, “enDuring hours,” explored the time spent during the hours of 9-5, when autonomy over time is not always granted. The exhibition was a collective voyage of women, each of whom took the camera and who each, leaned into their own pain during strenuous times of remaining present. A journey together, through each of their individual darkness with one flashlight, to transform further during a time of the unknown. This exhibition allowed viewers to dance in the labyrinth roller-coaster of the subconscious, where, the transformation of human, happens, during the hours spent when time is not always in our favor. All pieces were originals and were for sale, and will not be duplicated or replicated in any shape or form. The display conveyed the evolution of human realities and emotions, but not in a lineage fashion. The pieces were displayed sporadically demonstrating the ebb and flow of emotions and how humans exist in time. “enDuring hours” creates an environment for participants to vicariously project themselves into each photographic piece. For during the 9-5, sometimes we are presented with the skeletons in the closet and any accompanying emotions. A time, when it’s especially in- convenient. No matter where we go or time of the hour, we bring our whole lives with us. And, in realizing the inconvenience, can we still find peace in our own presence?


"enDuring Hours" in Washington City Paper by Louis Jacobson

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