Captains of the Dead Sea examines how the experience of place is influenced by the way in which the world has been previously photographed. A visitor can stand in Death Valley, for example, and realize that it ?looks like? Mars... or the Moon... or a scene from Star Wars. At its core, Captains of the Dead Sea considers the cinematic use of landscape-as-location, the role of the American desert, and the implications of how the boundaries between documentary and fictional narrative have become blurred.
Based in Los Angeles, Alia Malley received her BA in Critical Film Studies from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and her MFA in Visual Arts from University of California Riverside. She works with photography and video to explore modes of representation ? specifically the roles of landscape, cinematic narrative of place, technology, and human geography in structures of power.
Malley?s work is held in numerous private and public collections, among them the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Library Special Collections, and the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection.
Captains of the Dead Sea is limited to 500 numbered copies, each including a 5x7 inch original print that has been signed by the artist.
Hardcover, 6 x 8 1/2, 16 pages,
13 four-color plates,
1 original signed photograph.