Humans Being

July 7, 2009

On Wednesday, July 8, from 6 – 8pm, the SVA Gallery will host an opening reception for “Basically Human: Conditional Identities/Conditional Spaces,” a cross-cultural exhibition featuring works that explore constructions of identity and examine issues of geography, class, ethnicity, religion and gender. The exhibition includes photography by students and recent graduates from SVA’s BFA Photography and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments, and from the photography program at the American University in Dubai (AUD). “Basically Human” is curated by Stephen Frailey, chair of the BFA Photography Department at SVA, and Roberto Lopardo, chair of the Visual Communication Program and assistant professor of photography at AUD, and runs through Tuesday, July 21, at the SVA Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street.

In conjunction with the reception, there will be a screening at 4:30pm of Transit Dubai, a film that explores the changing face of Dubai through the photography of four students from AUD. Directed by Ineke Smits, the film features the work of Sami Al-Turki and Arezu Karoobi, two photographers whose work is on display in “Basically Human.” Following the film at 5pm will be a panel discussion among SVA and AUD artists Sami Al-Turki, Mona Ayyash, Cima Azzam, Kyle Ganson, Nicola Kast (BFA 2007 Photography) and Philip Moy; the panel will be moderated by Frailey and BFA Photography Department faculty member Seth Greenwald. The screening and discussion will take place at 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater, and are free and open to the public.

Images: (top) Kyle Ganson, still from Transformation, 2009, three-channel video installation; and (bottom) Cima Azzam, Tire, 2009, Lambda print.

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