A selection of photographs, books, projections, videos and installations from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department is on display until June 25 in the department’s annual thesis exhibition. Curated by faculty member Bonnie Yochelson, the show is at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th floor; there is a reception on Thursday, June 16, from 6 – 8pm.
Among the projects included are photographs and a book by Sara Macel documenting her father, a telephone pole salesman, on business trips; Kimberlee Venable’s video installation, which comments on the proliferation of provocative imagery in contemporary life; a “migratory museum” by Carlos Lerias, which includes objects which to be sent to various friends of the artist around the world; souvenirs created by Nathan Ramirez to describe the moral conflict faced by professional baseball fans over steroid use among players; and an advertising campaign by Peter Svarzbein for a fictional trolley between the artist’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, addressing anti-immigrant sentiment.
For more information about the exhibition, visit the event page. For images, interviews with the artists, and other details, visit MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department student Carly Gaebe’s blog, SVA Underexposed.
Images: (from top) Carly Gaebe, Learning to Balance from The Pattern of Your Ways, 2011; Peter Svarzbein, The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project, 2011; Nicholas Shephard, Made in China from De bekende wereld (The Known World); Sarah White-Ayon, The Inside is Darker from the Inside, 2011.