Fantastic opening reception for I Choose Film . . . below find the official press release and some installation views.
I Choose Film opens at the Wilson Museum and Galleries at SVAC.
A significant new exhibition at the Southern Vermont Art Center is celebrating the vibrant life of film photography today. I Choose Film: Film Photography in the 21st Century features twenty living artists from around the world, each working with film in a unique way. Running from July 7 through August 27, 2017, I Chose Film will kick-off with an opening reception Saturday, July 8th from 4 to 7 PM.
I Choose Film defines film as any process employing light-sensitive photographic emission in the creation of imagery. Consequently, works in the show employ a kaleidoscope of traditional and contemporary film techniques, from wet-plate collodion to platinum prints, from artist books to X-Ray.
“Far from being dead, film is enjoying a resurgence. A Renaissance even,” says I Choose Film curator and artist Stephen Schaub. “I believe this springs from a newfound appreciation for film’s unique capabilities.”
“You have a whole generation coming of age now who grew up with primarily digital photography, and they are realizing: there are more possibilities out there. Film is a vast and rich medium. And what it does, nothing else can do.”
Schaub is a recognized leader and innovator in the art photography and printing worlds. In 2005 he coined the word “digital” to describe photographic work that employs both film and digital techniques. Soon after he founded the photographer’s advice and commentary blog FigitalRevolution.com, which to date has had over a million and a half hits.
As a very special part of the opening weekend celebration, representatives from the Penumbra Foundation in New York City will be photographing wet-plate tintype portraits throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. The unique opportunity to have a Penumbra tintype made is open to anyone, but please note that there is a fee and there are a limited number of spots available. For more details and to schedule a seating time, please visit: http://www.penumbrafoundation.org/upcomingevents/tintypes-svac
Also part of the show will be the “Take Your Best Shot” kids instant photography contest. Kids up to age 18 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to check out a Fuji Instax instant film camera from the museum, shoot a pack of film on the grounds of the art center, and donate their favorite image to hang for the duration of the show.
“I’m especially excited about the children’s photography contest,” adds SVAC executive director Joan Teaford. “This interactive part of the show means that every child who comes to the show can participate; they check out an instant camera and create an image to be added to the exhibit right then. what kid wouldn’t be excited to do that?”
Artists featured in the exhibition include: David Burnett, Brian Kosoff, Craig Stevens, Bob Van Degna, Susan Weiss, Carol McGorry, Abby Kraftowitz, Stephen Mallon, Art Gilman, Chris Usher, Peter Liepke, Dan Nelken, Alan Ross, Thomas Kellner, Scott Anton, Rachel Czajkowski, Sam Dole, Jolene Lupo, Dan Zimmerman and Stephen Schaub.
The Southern Vermont Art Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-5:00, Sunday, 12:00-5:00. Admission is free. For more information please contact the Southern Vermont Art Center at 802-362-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So excited to be featuring my accordion-pleated artist’s book at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s group show, I Choose Film. I am looking forward to seeing the art book on display after the years of photographing and interviewing in Rwanda and the many hours of post-production. It’s printed on a luminous, white Japanese Washi, at Indian Hill Image Works, and will be displayed on 12-feet of floating glass so that the light enhances the texture.
The show opening, less than two weeks away, is July 8th from 4 to 6 PM, and is going to be a delight! There will be the opportunity to meet with the many other featured artists and the possibility of having a wet-plate tintype portrait created by the Penumbra Foundation, NYC, (on both Saturday and Sunday). For the young: a “Take Your Best Shot” instant photography contest.
Hope you can make the opening!
Admission is free.
The show is hosted through August 27.
The exhibit of my photography Reclamation: Twenty Years after the Rwandan Genocide closed at The Putney School, Michael S. Currier Center Gallery on May 15th. Thank you to all who attended and made it possible.
Stephen Schaub – for your guidance and artisanal printing of my works
Melissa Johnson – for your energy and assistance with a hammer, nail and eye!
Susan Brearey – for your coordination and support in curating this exhibit
Joyce Kennedy – for your expertise and care in framing
Eve Ogden Schaub – for your hospitality and talkin’ art
Claudine Uwamahoro – for your friendship, curiosity and ambition
My colleagues and family for your continued encouragement and honest feedback
A few of the comments from the exhibit:
“Stunning, transcendent & harrowing!”
“So moving. Stunning photography and commentary adds such poignant dimension too.”
“Thank you for sharing with us a culture that has been left behind the scenes.”
“So very impressive – wonderful talent!”
I’m excited to be collaborating with a few artists here in the States and in Rwanda this summer; I will keep you all updated…
It’s interesting what connects people…I met architect Rikke Jorgenson through a friend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and we talked about my fieldwork in Rwanda and got to talking about lines and space and light. Tim Ingold’s idea about “a world in which everyone and everything consists of interwoven or interconnected lines and lays the foundations for a completely new discipline: the anthropological archaeology of the line.”
Rikke, a Fellow at Arts Letters & Numbers in Averill Park, NY, invited me up to share my experiences and fieldwork and a few images from my current exhibit, Reclamation: Twenty Years after the Rwandan Genocide. I arrived on Friday night and was welcomed by the founding director, David Gersten, other Fellows and visiting artists—a creative international mix. Saturday morning, we met in the former textile storehouse now a beautiful open creative space.
Everyone was so generous– giving feedback and ideas. David talked about the transformation of a project, how it can be of a theme and then is something separately.
View more of David Gersten’s talk on art and transformation
Twenty Years after the Rwandan Genocide
Photography Exhibition – Carol McGorry
I am excited to announce my first exhibition from my fieldwork in Rwanda over the past three years. The show opened today at the Spiral Press Café in Manchester Center, Vermont. The photographs are connected by their stories of resilience and strength– truth, courage, dignity, love, joy, balance – reclamation in everyday Rwanda.
The exhibition runs from November 2 – December 31, 2015.
Opening Reception November 6, 5:30-8pm
What energy!! From wheels down to take off, this trip to Rwanda was filled with many excursions to document and interview, do some storytelling, create art with women and children, facilitate and run workshops, and last, but not least, enjoy the company and music of talented Rwandans.
Our visit to Ready for Reading was no different in the level of energy and excitement. My team and I drove two hours east from Kigali to Rwinkwavu on our first work day. We had the two suitcases filled with books and activity games and art supplies for teaching painting workshops to 20 women and many children. It was a packed car as we were staying for a few days to visit and teach.
Day 1: We met the staff and faculty at Ready for Reading and within minutes we were in a lively discussion about Rwandan authors and books that reached the children’s hearts. Furaha grabbed her favorite book off the shelf; it was the “sound of the language” that moved her, she said. I asked her to read it to us so she invited us to sit, knees to elbows, around a grammar-school, sized table. Even though I do not understand Kinyarwandan, I could hear the beauty in the music of the words as she read.
In the afternoon, we planned to teach the children’s class. First, we toured the space and fell in love with the atmosphere of the back, outdoor brick platform where the light reflected off the warm copper-toned bricks, the orange earth glowed in the sun, and steps leading up to the garden gave an expansive backdrop that allowed one to glance off into the distance to create. It was an inspiring outdoor vista that Ready for Reading had created. Augustin suggested we hold the classes outside and, we all agreed. Immediately, we went inside and along with staff grabbed tables and chairs, hauled them out to the back brick platform and setup to teach and paint en plein air. The children arrived outside, chose a spot, and Augustin jumped right into talking about colors and how they can evoke emotions and connect a viewer. Without a prompt, they each began to paint, thinking and choosing colors based on what they learned. They created images with subjects that were close to them, most in literal proximity: houses, maps of their village, family, flowers and trees outside of their home.
Day 2: In the morning, we got to see business as usual at Ready for Reading. The doors to the classrooms are open and in passing through the halls, the productive flow of collaborative ideas between teachers and interaction between students is apparent. The teachers and staff are passionate, hardworking and accomplish much across a broad range of education. In the one morning, we were able to sit in on: computer training, literacy for adults, pre-K, and prep for students between secondary school and university.
Claudine decided to have an impromptu team-building exercise with the staff showing the importance of support from co-workers. Although, they weren’t expecting it, it was well received and met with laughter and applause. Click here for a short video portion of that exercise.
In the afternoon while we waited for the women’s group, we used our time wisely and shucked beans on the back brick platform for the evening’s dinner.
Twenty women joined us around the table, in our now, outdoor classroom. We first introduced the book, Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope by Rwandan memoirist, Consolee Nishimwe. Claudine read aloud poignant and moving excerpts from the book, which encouraged the women to share a personal memory of their own; some opened up about their experience during the genocide and others talked about hope and their lives post-genocide. After the discussion, Augustin taught them to convey the emotions of those memories that they shared in color and paint.
Day 3: In the morning, we visited the classrooms again and had a tough time leaving the staff, teachers and students. Thank you Ready for Reading for doing what you do and joyfully including us as guest presenters.