Lakes Were Rivers
Lakes Were Rivers (LWR), a collective currently comprised of eight artists that formed in 2008, makes work informed by the theory and the practice of photography, exhibits work individually and collectively, and publishes limited-edition books. Based in Austin, Texas with members living throughout the United States, LWR has won numerous awards and accolades — including Critic’s Picks (Artforum, Nashville Scene), Best Museum Exhibition (2015-2016 winner & 2013 nominee for Strange Pilgrims & Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive respectively, Austin Critics Table Awards), and Idea Fund Grant (Warhol Foundation) — and has been featured in many exhibitions — including Strange Pilgrims (The Contemporary Austin), Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive (Harry Ransom Center), Artifact/Souvenir (Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum with Texas Biennial), and Panta Rei (Box 13 Artspace with FotoFest International Biennial). Members include Leigh Brodie, Elizabeth Chiles, Jessica Mallios, Mike Osborne, Jason Reed, Susan Scafati Shahan, Adam Schreiber, Barry Stone.
The name takes its inspiration from the fact that all the lakes in Texas save one were once rivers, as well as the notion of photography's pooling of the river of time.
More at http://www.lakeswererivers.com/.
Swan Cycle: Chapter One, commissioned by The Contemporary Austin museum for their fall 2015 exhibition Strange Pilgrims, which received a Critics' Pick (Artforum) and Best Museum Exhibition Award (Austin Critics' Table).