Damiani, 2013

The photography monograph, A Thousand Rainbows, gathers a body of photographic work by Lia Chavez that explores the nature of interpersonal and spiritual relationships through the manipulation of light.

This rebelliously non-digital photography highlights Chavez’s approach to performance for the camera. Her photographic light is founded upon an observation of fundamental physical phenomena such as time, space, motion, and light. 

Adopting the metaphor of dark matter from astronomy and cosmology, the photographs relate to a new way of understanding photography to incorporate the visible effects of invisible presence. According to Chavez, “from observing the physical universe, we know that form is the manifestation of relationship between two forces. I recreate this dialectical drama - between myself and my model. I am present within each frame dressed in black as a stagehand as I invisibly direct and illuminate the process.” This book discusses the science and mysticism underpinning her art, specifically examining Chavez’s treatment of the nude as a vehicle for exploring a topology of the universe. 

Essays by Andrea Codrington Lippke and Mark Sprinkle, with a forward by the artist. Published by Damiani in Bologna, Italy. 2013. Hardcover. Casebound, with endpapers. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. 96 pages. 60 color illustrations throughout. ISBN 9788862082990. $40.00.