Luke Stettner: On Remembering
"On May 1, 1938, my grandfather Harry Casewitz took a single photograph of Manhattan from the fore of a steamship less than a kilometer from the gateway of Ellis Island. He took this photograph with a Leica III. In a bazaar in Prague some sixty or so years later, I rubbed my finger over an engraved swastika atop the same model camera. The original photograph, for which there is no negative, would become incorporated into a piece of artwork I made that now sits in the dark of some storage unit in Bolzano, Italy, where it belongs to a collector. My great grandparents Fred and Erma Kassowitz would change the spelling of their surname to Casewitz; my mother would later shorten it to Case. What is the effect of this kind of assimilation and what are we to make of tiny erasures that fill our genetic line and fragment our identity? Here I have chosen to share a personal anecdote in addition to a 'short bio.' The task is the same: in what way does one choose to describe their own arrival?"
Luke Stettner lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he is a visiting assistant professor in photography and integrated media at Ohio University. He has held nine solo exhibitions to date, including a, b, moon, d, Storm King Art Center, New York; time, women, stars, death, sleep, flowers, life, eyes, a river, dreams, Kate Werble Gallery, New York City; this single monument, The Kitchen, New York City; and no whiteness (lost) is so white as the memory of whiteness, Stene Projects, Stockholm.