Adam Ryder “Renovatio Imperii”

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Through photography, found imagery and other media, Adam Ryder presents a new body of work that operates as evidence of a secretive fraternal organization known to its members as “Renovatio Imperii”. Latin for “restoration of the Empire”, Renovatio Imperii is purported to be clandestinely involved in geo-political affairs and claims ties to the Roman imperium of classical antiquity. Inspired by the neoclassical architecture of Washington, DC, conspiracy theories and the Masonic brotherhood, Ryder cleverly employs found objects, imagery and manipulated photographs of familiar landmarks in order to build a case for Renovatio Imperii’s existence and their ominous hand in global affairs.


Oculus (20x25) All images are copyright of Adam Ryder


Caesar et al. (24x30) All images are copyright of Adam Ryder


Council Chamber (24x30) All images are copyright of Adam Ryder


Hallowed Grounds (20x25) All images are copyright of Adam Ryder

Adam Ryder Hamiliton Gallery

Council Chamber (24x30) All images are copyright of Adam Ryder



Adam Ryder received his MFA in photography, video and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY in 2011. In addition to his photographic practice, Ryder works as a curator and contributing writer for Photograph Magazine. Ryder’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, CA, The New York City Public Library Photography Collection and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Library. He has been featured in various group exhibitions including RF/AV and Rational Formal at NurtureArt in Brooklyn, NY (2015); Interweb at Grand Art Haus in New York, NY (2015); and Art After Clark at the Schiltkamp Gallery in Worcester, MA (2014).

Hamiltonian Gallery
Washington, DC
August 8, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Photo: Adam Ryder




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