Memories, Stories, Histories with Juror Amy Galpin

November 6 - 28, 2015

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Index
Mum #4 (Right Foot)
Odette England
Director's Award
Artist's Website
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Climber and Shadow
Brenda Biondo
Artist's Website
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Family Baye
Nathalie Bohm
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In Two Different Worlds
Shari Bradbury
Artist's Website
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Earrings
Antonio Cabral Castilho
Juror's Honorable Mention
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Earrings
Antonio Cabral Castilho
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My Last Picture of My Father
Marilyn Carren
Index
In My Bedroom
Leah Miriam Cooper
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Hide and Seek
Jennifer Copp
Artist's Website
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I used to live here.
Margo Duvall
Artist's Website
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Mama Always Made Sure We Were Fed
Amber Eckersley
Index
Doll
Miren Etcheverry
Index
Philadelphia, USA, Untitled #01
Ana Galan
Artist's Website
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Muertos Míos (My dead people) Silvia
Amalia Eva Gamio
Artist's Website
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Fish Like A Girl
Natalie Green
Index
quest
Jennifer Hogan
Artist's Website
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06_TraceElements
David Howe
Artist's Website
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Serving his first birthday cake
Chris Ireland
Index
Influencing Memory
Ellen Jantzen
Artist's Website
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Father 1986-2010, Thane, India
Shreepad Joglekar
Artist's Website
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Digital Evidence
Christine Lenzen
Index
Mourning Ritual
Christine Lenzen
Juror's Award
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Ditching the Fairy Tale
Melanie Wade Leslie
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POSITION No. 5
Itay Levin
Artist's Website
Index
Prayer Room, David's Tomb, Jerusalem
Robert Lipgar
Artist's Website
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Otto Fuchs
Bernard Mendoza
Artist's Website
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Scrap, the pages
Rebecca Moseman
Index
Angelica, Building Cleaning Worker
Lupita Murillo Tinnen
Artist's Website
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The Cardigan
Audra Osborne
Artist's Website
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Nest
Emma Powell
Artist's Website
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Living Room
Camillo Ramirez
Artist's Website
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How My Son Sees It
Kathryn Reichert
Artist's Website
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My dad, Isadore Ressler
Susan Ressler
Director's Honorable Mention
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She X 3
Matel Rokke
Artist's Website
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The Gift
Dakin Roy
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Helena
Charels Rozier
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Experiential Space #3
Thomas Fried Schaefer
Artist's Website
Index
Feed my Soul (Hommage a  Manet)
Annette Schreyer
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First Christmas
Brenda Spielmann
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Tio Cando
Ivette Spradlin
Artist's Website
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Listening to his story
Jesse Stansfield
Index
Mom as Bodhisattva
Leonard Suryajaya
Artist's Website
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Surprised
Joshua Tann
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Robert
Kameron Walsh
Artist's Website
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Christine
Kameron Walsh
Artist's Website
Index
Woman of Nablus
Sandra Chen Weinstein
Artist's Website
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Look but don't touch...
Everett Williams
Juror's Honorable Mention, Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
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Homecoming Freshman Year
Michele Wysocki
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Kompot
Yelena Zhavoronkova
Artist's Website

Juror’s Statement
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director, and her entire team at The Center for Fine Art Photography for the opportunity to jury this exhibition. I have long been aware of the Center and I hold great respect for its commitment to displaying distinctive and significant contemporary photography. There are too few exhibition spaces for artists and the Center provides a welcome professional and challenging platform for photographers to share their work with broad audiences. It was a true honor to join the long list of very distinguished jurors for the Center.

 

While the subjects or themes for this exhibition are rather large, many of the submissions shared powerful aesthetic and content connections. There were multiple poignant images of veterans. Moreover, several extraordinary references to World War II and its historical and cultural resonance in our society were present in multiple submissions. Profound representations of immigrant experiences and the resulting hybrid cultural representation occurred in multiple submissions as did references to the history of art. Although the title of “Memories, Stories, and Histories” easily conjures thoughts of personal histories and identities, the plethora of submissions that exuded raw painful and deeply personal emotions still took me by surprise. As I worked my way through my final selections I was struck by the strength of the submissions and the powerful and intimate exploration of self, family, and cultural and political identities. After I narrowed my choices to 100 images, the process became almost excruciating as the honest and courageous displays of memory, story, and history yielded emotive responses from this viewer.

 

As I juried the show, I looked for photographs that fit in a larger conversation of contemporary art but also exude their own distinctive qualities. The final choices demonstrated technical skill, compositional strength, and compelling content. The juror’s choice for this exhibition incorporates text and image, a leitmotif in the submissions and a visual strategy employed by many artists. The perspective of the ceiling evokes a relatable experience. Even if the does not look like your bedroom or mine, the experience of looking up where the wall and the ceiling meet can be a mundane act. For the artist, the text reveals that it is a part of a contemplative process of coping with a relationship. The text written in what presumably is the artist’s hand adds content, but also visual intrigue to the photograph. The personal nature of the photograph seemed fitting given the many intimate narratives submitted for this exhibition.
Amy Galpin