This year's MOCA Jacksonville Artist in Residence, Ally Brody (2021), examines her local urban landscape through photography. Brody graduates this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, and a minor in Mass Communications and Art History. Her work explores social and political topics: the environment, socio-economics, and personal narrative. Her prints incorporate analog and digital processes and collage, layering her compositions to engender new considerations within the field of urban photography. Brody's photo series for her exhibition, Public Domain, observes how street art- such as murals, wheat-pastings, graffiti, and vertical/wall works-become iconography of and for the people, art removing itself from sole proprietorship and osmotically enriching a broader definition within the aesthetics of shared and, seemingly “forgotten,” space. Excavating her surroundings in Northeast and Central Florida-including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Gainesville, Sanford, Orlando, DeLand and Daytona, Brody considers how these photographic documents also capture time: embracing informal details such as trash, wires, windows, and lights within the frame.
Do Brody's documented urban vignettes contribute righteously to the always-colloquial fine art media of urban photography? Visit MOCA this spring to find out: consider images imploring us to ruminate on our everyday landscape. Particularly prescient during a time in which we may spend more of our days and attention toward our collective landscapes through isolated examination, Ally Brody's Artist in Residence work, Public Domain, may take on new meaning to the practice of urban photography.