Photo Finish

May 27, 2009

Last weekend, the New York Photo Festival (NYPH) showcased the work of highly regarded contemporary photographers and curators, including several SVA alumni. Recent graduate Adriana Teresa Hernandez (BFA 2007 Photography) curated an exhibition at the Latin American Pavilion entitled “Tu/Mi Placer.” The exhibition featured a collaboration between photographer Luiz Gonzalez Palma and writer Graciela de Oliveira, with images and text reflecting on gender violence. “My main role as a curator was to make their reflection, the dialogue between them, as transparent to the viewer as possible,” Hernandez told the Briefs. Hernandez is co-founder and president of FotoVisura, the pavilion’s sponsor, and creative director of Visura Magazine; an article about Hernandez and the exhibition recently appeared in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

Other alumni from the BFA Photography Department also participated in the festival: Ernesto Bazan‘s (BFA 1982 Photography) book Cuba won the NY Photo Award in the Photographic Book category, and Devon Ward (BFA 2008 Photography) exhibited his work as part of the Tierney Fellowship Show (Ward received a Tierney Fellowship in 2008 to encourage a new body of photographic work within a year of graduation). The department’s magazine, Dear Dave, was also a media sponsor for the festival.

Image: Devon Ward, Barnacles, Mojave, 2008

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