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Contact Sheet 171: Jason Lazarus

In 2010 Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus initiated a growing archive of photos deemed “too hard to keep.” Too Hard to Keep is a place for photographs, photo-objects, and even digital files to exist when they are too difficult to hold on to, yet too meaningful to destroy. Participants have dictated whether the photographs submitted to the archive may be shown freely with other pieces of the archive, or if they are only to be displayed face down, adding to the charged significance of each object. Out of this expanding collection site-specific installations occur. With Too Hard to Keep (Syracuse) Lazarus shares a slice of the larger archive alongside anonymous local submissions in a carefully considered installation at Light Work.

This catalogue includes an interview with Jason Lazarus by Shane Lavalette.

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