A driving force behind this series, which depicts interior rooms and exterior scenes, is that the subject matter takes photography to the edge of where it fails as a medium. “Photographs,” Keasler explains, “are often used to document an experience, yet the experience of walking through a haunted house is completely lost in each of the still images. . . . The immersive experience just does not translate.” Andrea Karnes, “Fear Fantasy,” Misty Keasler: Haunt
Misty Keasler is a Dallas-based artist whose immersive photographic projects explore intriguing and probing subjects such as orphanages, Japanese love hotels, garbage dumps in developing countries, taxidermy, and her own familial roots. Her intense dedication to her subjects allows the viewer unprecedented access into worlds that would otherwise remain obscured. Featured in the Modern’s exhibition Haunt is Keasler’s most recent photographic exploration, commercial haunted houses throughout the United States.
For Tuesday Evenings, Keasler discusses the early work that defined her career, her dedication to long-term photo projects, and what attracted her to the subject matter found in Haunt and the means she employed to produce it. Keasler’s presentation promises to deliver great insight, serving as a preview to the special exhibition of her photographs that opens to the public September 23.