First learning to shoot manually with an AE-1 CANON (a gift to the artist as a 15-year-old from her father) photography has consistently defined the shape of Basco’s life and work as a performer in more ways than one. In an audio piece which accompanies the show, Basco says, “photography brought me to performance/ I learned the stage from the frame/ photography taught me the frame/ the frame and the stage are the same.”
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The images in Portraits, Still Lifes and Flowers both reveal and obscure the movement of time and the fear that comes when witnessing the passing of life. With a gentle tone and joyful touch, Basco’s pictures of domestic life in a pandemic seem simple at first. But as the disconnected frames are viewed together (a loved-one wrapped in a wrinkled blanket, flowers wilting in a garbage bag, an indifferent seascape, an anonymous room etc.) the nostalgia of pictures reminiscent of family photos peels away at the genre to show a more somber point of view.