Sam Contis

Photographer in conversation with Chris Jennings about her new book, Overpass
Sam Contis Chris Jennings Overpass Aperture Point Reyes Books
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 4:00pm
Point Reyes Presbyterian Church
11445 CA-1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


Free, donations welcome

Photographer Sam Contis, recipient of a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship, will be joined by Chris Jennings for a conversation about her new work, Overpass (Aperture).

This event will be held at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church (directions)

About Overpass

Overpass is about what it means to move through the landscape. Walking along a vast network of centuries-old footpaths through the English countryside, artist Sam Contis focuses on stiles, the simple structures that offer a means of passage over walls and fences and allow public access through privately owned land. In her immersive sequences of black-and-white photographs, they become repeating sculptural forms in the landscape, invitations to free movement on one hand and a reminder of the history of enclosure on the other. Made from wood and stone, each unique, they appear as markers pointing the way forward, or decaying and half-hidden by the undergrowth. An essay by writer Daisy Hildyard contextualizes this body of work within histories of the British landscape and contemporary ecological discourses. In an age of rising nationalism and a renewed insistence on borders, Overpass invites us to reflect on how we cross boundaries, who owns space, and the ways we have shaped the natural environment and how we might shape it in the future.

About the participants

Sam Contis (b. 1982) received her MFA from Yale University in 2008 and BFA from New York University in 2004. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Barbican Art Gallery, London; the Gropius-Bau, Berlin; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is the recipient of a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, and an Aaron Siskind Fellowship. Contis’s work is represented in collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Carré d’Art, Nîmes; Centre Pompidou, Paris; KADIST, Paris and San Francisco; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She is the author of Deep Springs (Mack, 2017) and Day Sleeper (Mack, 2020). A new monograph, Overpass, will be published by Aperture this fall. In July–November 2022, a solo exhibition of her work will be on view at the Carré d’Art, Nîmes.

Chris Jennings is the author of Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism (Random House, 2016). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New RepublicThe Wall Street Journal,, Aperture, and elsewhereHe is currently writing a book about the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, to be published by Little, Brown and Company. He lives in Inverness, California. 

Sam Contis: Overpass By Sam Contis (Photographer), Daisy Hildyard (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Julian Bittiner (Designed by) Cover Image
By Sam Contis (Photographer), Daisy Hildyard (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Julian Bittiner (Designed by)
ISBN: 9781597115391
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aperture - November 15th, 2022