This work is part of a larger project, “Image Workers,” that examines global image production through working relationships with photo editing outsourcing companies. This work is an experimental depiction of the journey of editing an image by way of a photo editing outsourcing company. There are three main elements of this work: an image taken in my studio, a cell phone image taken by a worker at a photo-editing outsourcing company in Bangladesh, and my studio image edited (to remove context) by the Bangladeshi image worker. Each print is collaged together using a variety of tapes.
Robert Chase Heishman is a Chicago-based artist whose work explores the periphery, territory, architecture and construction of images. He was born in 1984 in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his Master of Fine Arts in 2012 from Northwestern University’s Art Theory & Practice program, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008 from the Kansas City Art Institute, double majoring in Photography and Art History. From 2003 to 2004 Heishman was Artist in Residence with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, during which he designed an original set for the dance, Split-Sides, a production that toured worldwide. In addition to Merce Cunningham, Heishman has collaborated with Sigur Rós, Radiohead, and many other artists – most recently co-directing two films for/with Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. His work is exhibited and screened nationally and internationally.