“It’s an experimental show. It’s an interesting take on the myriad ways in which people can use photography to tell stories and to share their personal vision.”
Juror Michael Itkoff visited the Center for the artists’ reception of the “New Visions” exhibition. He also lead a gallery talk and reviewed portfolios the following day. This video is part of an interview with Itkoff about his selections for the exhibition. In the video, he contrasts work by featured artists Lorena Turner and Francesca-Renata Nicolae.
Michael Itkoff is a Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine, a print and online publication. Daylight has become one of the premier showcases for contemporary photography, by collaborating with established and emerging artists, scholars and journalists. Itkoff has been a reviewer for New York Photo Festival, En Foco, Critical Mass, ASMP and Santa Fe Center for Photography. He has been a recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008) and recently published his monograph, Street Portraits, Charta Editions 2009.
(Photo credit: Plastic Clock Back by Lorena Turner)
When we purchase basic consumable items, we have a perception that they are clean, untainted, absent of a history … It is generally not a part of our job description as consumers to be concerned with where the items we buy come from, and at what cost to the environment, human experience or culture.
Lorena Turner received an honorable mention in the “New Visions” exhibition for her image Plastic Clock Back, which is from her series Made in China. Turner is a photographer with an interest in “historical perception, immigration, vernacular photography, popular culture, and points where these areas intersect.” Like the other “New Visions” photographers Erik Boker and Kevin Van Aelst (see previous post), Turner finds unrestrained content in seemingly mundane consumer materials.
For the [Made in China] project, items made and enclosed in packages in China then sold in the US, were purchased, dusted for fingerprints, then photographed. The images evidence another’s touch, another human’s relationship with them.
(Photo credit: Lorena Turner. From the Made in China series.)