Dead Lost or Displaced


Dead Lost or Displaced


JoAnne S. Northrup, Nevada Museum of Art Director of Contemporary Art Initiatives,  former Chief Curator, Katie and Drew Gibson San Jose Museum of Art, Take the compassionate eye of photographer Walker Evans, add the contemporary tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and a dash of poetry, and you have Terrence Sanders. Sanders’s subjects confront the camera willingly and without coercion, with a variety of attitudes—some are vulnerable, others manage a shy or sheepish smile, a couple of them look high on something; all are united by their education in the School of Hard Knocks. “There but for the grace of God go I,” might be the first thought to occur to viewers, followed by the question: What happened to these people that made them slip through the cracks? Was it moral weakness or just plain bad luck?

Every day we pass people like this, on our way to work or in the supermarket parking lot, waiting by the bus stop, and often they barely register on our consciousness—and that is surely the express purpose behind Sanders’ work: to make us look these people in the eye. These artworks preserve a momentary impression of a specific person on a certain day that for some reason the artist found worthy of documentation. Their presence is not immediate and palpable, but rather somewhat abstracted, shaped by the black and white film and the addition of diaristic prose that is yet subjective, from the artist’s point of view. These artworks are politically motivated—they get under your skin, and once there, make themselves impossible to ignore. “You do your part and I’ll do mine,” the artist has written. Point well taken, Mr. Sanders.

Robert Alan Asistent, Designer, New Orleans, “Terrence’s images are a direct transference from the soul of an artist to the psyche of our human nature. We are a lost people on this ship, searching for how to go beyond ego’s reign of war and how instead to reach out and care for each other. This body of work is symbolic of the human tragedy that manifests in our separation instead of our integration. Dead, Lost and Displaced is the story we need to digest before we will ever discover: Alive, Found and Ingratiated.”

Nicole Morgenthau, Photographer, New York City, “This body of work puts a huge twist on documentary photography. As we sometimes selfishly attach to someone’s image because they have an intriguing look-Terrence clearly wants to know the stories behind the faces.”

Ronald Sosinski, Director of Proposition Gallery, NewYork City, “In contrast to Terrence Sanders paintings which are filled with political and racial rage, I found the “Dead Lost or Displaced” series to be extremely poetic and personal on a level which revealed an inner beauty and compassion of the artist which made the viewer aware of the deep trauma and inner feelings of his subjects. A true accomplishment”.

Julia Henderson, Art Editor, Fringe Magazine, Delaware, “Terrence Sanders has a wonderful way of capturing true human emotion in his work. His use of mixed media adds depth and meaning to photographs already full to the brim with the power of his message. The artist clearly has a passion for displaying the harsh reality of American life, and he manages to make this reality beautiful, thought-provoking, and impossible to ignore.”

Dean O, Art Crit Blog, New York City, “The photographs of ordinary citizens and the accompanying text investigates different archetypes and social rules, appearing almost arbitrary at times yet somehow fit together as a coherent whole. The common denominator appears to be the common humanity.

Michaela Kastly, Camera Press Gallery, London, “We all have things / issues we doubt to say, things we think embarrassing or shameful to express. The people in Terrence’s photography are saying this without speech without sound but through capture of emotion and feeling through sight. They made me think and not speak just wonder and relate.

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