Tim Davis (Malawi, b.1969) is an American visual artist and poet, based in New York City and Tivoli, New York. He is the author and subject of several books of photography, plus a book of poetry. He was awarded the Rome Prize in 2007. Davis has exhibited at internationally renowned museums and galleries including the Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Greenberg Van Doren gallery.He has published seven monographs including - I'm Looking Through You - upcoming with Aperture this Spring, 2021. Davis holds an MFA from Yale University and where he taught photography, and holds a BA from Bard College where he is currently an Associate Professor of Photography.
Solo exhibitions: Quinto Quarto
, Macro Museum
, Rome; Transit Byzantium, Transformer Station, Cleveland; The New Antiquity, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York; many other exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, Brussels, Geneva, Atlanta, Miami. Photographs in the collections of the Guggenheim, Metropolitan, Whitney, Hirshhorn, Walker, and other museums. Author of seven books of photographs, including Quinto Quarto (Punctum
, 2013) and The New Antiquity (Damiani
, 2009), and two collections of poetry. Discovery Award finalist, 2004 Arles Photography Festival; Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellow in residence, American Academy in Rome
(2007–08). Contributor to publications including Aperture
, Artforum, Art on Paper, Blind Spot, Metropolis. At Bard since 2003.
The Book: The Hallucinations series is the result of the meeting between Davis and Sardinia, which took place thanks to the project of the Fondazione di Sardegna The Photo Solstice
. This experience in Barbagia was followed by a period of residence and photographic production on the island, as part of the "Commissione Sardegna" project. This beauty, tragic and powerful, shows itself in the eyes of Tim Davis, who observes and captures it, bringing out elements hidden under the surface, not taken for granted. As Marco Delogu writes: “His works are often pervaded by a brilliant irony that actively stimulates the observer in an amused narration. This apparently light mechanism calls for critical attention; sometimes we are called to investigate the meaning confined to a single image, other times instead it is from the relationship between two photographs that the revelation takes place". Through these passages the Davis exhibition at the Fondazione di Sardegna is built, jumping from one image to another it is possible to identify new micro-narratives, as if they were germinations of new meanings, generated by the artist's ironic gaze.
Tim Davis, Hallucinations