SVA presents ‚ÄúMFA Photography, Video and Related Media 2012 Thesis Exhibition,‚ÄĚ a selection of work expanding the photographic vocabulary by 23 students graduating from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department. Curated by faculty member Bonnie Yochelson, the exhibition is on view through June 30 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor, New York City; a reception will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 6 ‚Äď 8pm.
‚ÄúStudents continue to test the norms of traditional photography and video, creating amalgams of still and moving images, borrowing ideas and techniques from painting and sculpture, and creating environments as well as discrete objects,‚ÄĚ says Yochelson. ‚ÄúNo longer focused on the truth-telling nature of their medium, they readily blend fact with fantasy, and personal narrative with political commentary. They begin with the presumption that theirs is a world of images, and they create or manipulate images to add their experiences to that world.‚ÄĚ
Elli Chung, for example, created an oversize book of photographs depicting ‚Äúkami,‚ÄĚ Japanese spirits that inhabit the physical world. Ryan Koopmans traveled to Asia and the Middle East in search of ‚Äúparadise now‚ÄĚ, fantastic urban architecture inspired by nationalist ambitions in the developing world. Brandon Holmes produced a video of the post-apocalypse as imagined by ‚Äúpreppers,‚ÄĚ Americans preparing for the end of life on Earth as we know it.
Several students reflected on imagery of the past. In Where the Boys Are, Pacifico Silano reimagines pre-AIDS gay culture. Brandy Watts created a Field Guide to 20th century botanical photography. In aphasiasticisms, Jeremy Haik explores the fragility and futility of cultural preservation.
The exhibition also includes works by: JooYoung Bae, Travis Brown, Ryann Cooley, Kika Espejo, Lisa Fairstein, Roger Generazzo, Shahrzad Kamel, Shiyuan Liu, Zony Maya, Jessica Miller, Ania Moussawel, Gracie Nesin, Blake Ogden, Phoebe Streblow, Rachel Styer, Amani Willett and Heidi Zito.
For additional information on each student‚Äôs work, visit the exhibition website.
Image from top: Ryan Koopmans, Supertrees, Marina South Gardens, Singapore, Inkjet print, 27 x 40 inches; Pacifico Silano, Pages of a Blueboy Magazine, Inkjet print, 34 x 27 inches.