Listen to Penelope Umbrico’s insights into the themes and artworks of Learning from ebay exhibition. All recordings are in English and can also be listened on Spotify and in most podcast services. You can also read the content in Finnish, Swedish and English on The Finnish Museum of Photography website.
Penelope Umbrico (b. 1957) is an American artist who works with photographs found on the Internet. Her installations present a clever and playful way to examine the enormous production and consumption of photographs in the 2020s. Umbrico ventures into the virtual world of online marketplaces. Tori.fi, eBay and Craigslist are popular marketplaces from which the artist uses images in her installations. Although millions of photographs are uploaded daily on these sites, they are rarely seen as anything but a tool for business between a seller and a buyer. However, the inadvertent treasure trove of human activity found in the images turn these websites into useful photo archives. Umbrico presents these archives as a collective cultural self-portrait.
Production: Penelope Umbrico / The Finnish Museum of Photography, 2022
Penelope Umbrico: Learning From Ebay
14.10.2022 - 5.2.2023
The Finnish Museum of Photography, K1, Mikonkatu 1, Helsinki