August 26 — October 7, 2023

Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings

Nancy Newberry



Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Dallas-based photographer, Nancy Newberry.

Staged at the Texas-Mexico border, the photographs in Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings are a contemporary take on the imagery surrounding classic Spaghetti Western films. Influenced by her Italian heritage and Texas upbringing, Newberry investigates nationalism and community. She draws inspiration from classic Spaghetti Westerns, with an emphasis on costuming and uniforms. Newberry explores her fascination with regalia and continues her exploration for self-representation and cultural identity at large.

Notes Newberry, “I have long been interested in the American archetype, the Wild West and how its iconic self-image is re-interpreted in the US and by other cultures. Simply telling people I am from Texas begins a discourse laced with stereotypes made famous by the genre.”

Nancy Newberry is an artist based in Dallas, Texas. Her performative portraiture investigates individuation, specifically focusing on cultural and social systems of belonging. Her work is deeply personal, exploring narratives of identity, myth and memory as the foundation of her practice.

Newberry has received many honors and awards from both publications and institutions. Most recently she has received The Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Grant (2020); The British Journal of Photography Female in Focus Award (2019); The Griffin Museum of Photography, Richards’ Family Trust Award (2018); Grand Prix Finalist, The International Festival of Photography, Hyeres, France; Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña Prize, Madrid; Kolga Photo Award, Tbilisi, Georgia; PhotoVisa Award, Krasnodar, Russia; FotoFest Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Houston; and The Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2012, 2017).

Newberry has been profiled and published widely including in The Guardian, British Journal of Photography, New York Times, M Le magazine du Monde, i-D, PDN, and American Photo amongst others. Her work resides in major public and private collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Spain; City of Houston; Houston Airports; and Villa Noailles, Hyères, France. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and China.


Artists in this Exhibition

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