Identify Yourself

July 24, 2009

Aperture Foundation, a leading New York-based arts institution dedicated to promoting photography in all its forms, has partnered with SVA to present “Identity Identities (i / i),” a group exhibition of works by BFA Photography Department alumni that explore issues of role playing and identity in the 21st century. Eleven artists—Kelly Clark (BFA 2008 Photography), Hugo Fernandes (BFA 2007 Photography), Victoria Hely-Hutchinson (BFA 2009 Photography), Nicola Kast (BFA 2007 Photography), Jennifer Lee (BFA 2008 Photography), Anula Maiberg (BFA 2007 Photography), Susanne Persson (BFA 2007 Photography), Jing Quek (BFA 2007 Photography), Joseph Sbarro (BFA 2008 Photography), Jess Shaffer (BFA 2007 Photography) and Allison Yeskel (BFA 2008 Photography)—have created new works that address themes including how identity manifests itself through group identification, the places we live, and the influence of mass media and advertising.

“Identity Identities” is curated by Department Chair Stephen Frailey. An initial selection of images first appeared in the spring at the Galleria San Ludovico in Parma, Italy, where it was presented as an exchange between photography students in Parma and at SVA; now, the show is opening in an expanded version at the Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor, where it will be on view July 30 – August 26, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 30, 6 – 8pm.

Images: (top) Jess Shaffer, Bed, 2006; (bottom) Jing Quek, Singapore Idols, 2006.

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