Susan Meiselas: Mediations is a retrospective photography exhibition. The exhibition highlights her unique working method, combining photography, video, sound, and installation to explore different scales of time and conflict, ranging from the personal to the geopolitical. The assignment was to create an exhibition identity, color palette, and application to accompanying materials that spoke to the nature of this documentary photographer’s work and the relationship to her subject.
Collaboration with the photographer was key in the design process. This included: discussion with the photographer about the look and feel she was after; researching her work and her approach to the subject; and dissecting the title of the exhibition and how this could be relayed graphically was also critical. The final solution was a layered approach: Suspended over a photo mural of the photographer working in the field and the subtitle “Mediations” was a translucent title banner. This solution spoke, not only to how this photographer has worked (making herself less visible when shooting her subject) but also to the meaning of “Mediations” as an intervention or intercession.
The photographer was very pleased with the final outcome and the exhibition was well attended. The typography complimented the work but was not overpowering. The same would be said for the final color palette that was used for walls throughout the galleries.