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Cleveland ClinicCatherine Opie

September 7, 2012

Photographer Catherine Opie describes her intentions behind the permanent installation Somewhere in the Middle (2011) at Hillcrest Hospital, a branch of Cleveland Clinic, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Created specifically for the hospital setting, the installation consists of 22 photographs taken from the shores of Lake Erie near Opie’s hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. It is Opie’s hope that the photographs provide a space for patients, doctors, vistors and hospital employees to experience an ethereal moment during what may be a difficult time in their lives.

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Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Wesley Miller & Susan Sollins. Camera: Mark Falstad & Laura Paglin. Sound: Darryl Dickenson & Heidi Hesse. Editor: Lizzie Donahue & Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Catherine Opie. Special Thanks: Cleveland Clinic. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

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Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie investigates the ways in which photographs both document and give voice to social phenomena in America today, registering people’s attitudes and relationships to themselves and others, and the ways in which they occupy the landscape. At the core of her investigations are perplexing questions about relationships to community, which she explores on multiple levels across all her bodies of work. Whether documenting political movements, queer subcultures, or urban transformation, Opie’s images of contemporary life comprise a portrait of our time in America, which she often considers in relation to a discourse of opposition.

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In this 2011 interview with artist Catherine Opie at her Los Angeles studio, she discusses her style of documentary photography; influential artists and techniques; her interest in religion; and the idea of America as the great democracy.

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