Winter Work (2015), for example, shows sheets hanging on an outdoor clothesline. This photograph — framed in the shape of an airplane window — is surrounded by black cloth that fills the rest of the rectangular canvas. The juxtaposition suggests how Broughan inhabits two worlds: one visible, one internal. She's shooting a real place, but she's experiencing it like a shard of half-forgotten memory. Throughout the series, Broughan uses this technique to place her subjects in personal, rather than general, social contexts. Or, rather, she wishes to re-personalize the general social context: a dream all emigrants share.
Jude Broughan, So Long (detail), 2016. © Jude Broughan / Courtesy Benrubi Gallery.
This Jude Broughan show features photo collages and mixed-media works about the New Zealand beach town Athenree. A native Kiwi herself, Broughan has been living in Brooklyn for some years now. As such, the multiple textures of her work — she stitches photos onto organic materials like cloth, paper, and wood — seem to convey her own scattered, cosmopolitan identity.