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Leigh Eleanor Davis

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I create projects that are often situated around a specific person, community, or place. My subjects span a broad range—from the men of a dying religious order, to women living in a YWCA residence hall, to a variety of performing artists—and the projects I create derive from the relationships that I develop with those subjects over time. With a background in photography and film, I use the camera to initiate contact with people I would otherwise not encounter, to gain access to a particular community or site, and to familiarize myself with the unfamiliar. Finding nontraditional, public spaces for my work is central to my practice, which strongly attends to how the work is experienced by a diverse population of viewers and participants. I have created a slide show and lecture series for public community gardens in Brooklyn, a temporary memorial for a neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and a site-specific installation for the church of St. Paul the Apostle, located in Midtown Manhattan. My recent project, Quiet Service, involved working with four houses of worship in Baltimore to create a video installation for a site in the city’s Station North Arts District. I have received funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council, The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Puffin Foundation and currently teach courses at Parsons the New School for Design.

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