Laura Parnes Screening "Tour Without End," awarded Yaddo residency

MFA Photo/Video faculty member and celebrated filmmaker Laura Parnes is screening her newest work Tour Without End at several theaters and festivals this spring. Tour Without End will be on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio University (with Parnes in attendance) this March 21. The film will also show at Strange Truth 2019, a showcase organized by Haverford College's Bryn Mawr Film Institute, on April 3.


The newest film by convention-busting Parnes features an all-star parade of downtown legends (from Gary Indiana to Kathleen Hanna) as it follows a fictional rock band, Munchausen, navigating New York’s alternative music scene in the midst of rapid gentrification.


Shot over the course of four years, the film culminates when the band stops in Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention and the gap between fiction and history gets even smaller and more chaotic. The film features such underground legends as Eileen Myles, K8 Hardy, Brontez Purnell, Kate Valk, and members of MGMT, Gang Gang Dance, Le Tigre, and Eartheater.

In addition to the success of Tour Without End, Parnes is also celebrating a recent Yaddo residency award. Past recipients have included luminaries such as James Baldwin, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Patricia Highsmith, Langston Hughes, Flannery O’Connor, William Carlos Williams, Noah Baumbach, Lisa Cholodenko, Tamara Jenkins, John Kelly, Elizabeth Thompson, Matthew Weiner, and Jessica Yu.

Laura Parnes’ is a multi-platform, lens-based artist, crafting darkly comedic narratives of trauma and repressed memory around mass-culture experiences and youthful rites of passage. Using historical, literary and popular culture based references, she addresses issues related to cultural production and societal malaise.

all stills © Laura Parnes, from Tour Without End

all stills © Laura Parnes, from Tour Without End

She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including: The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; The Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece., LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain; and Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY--among many others.

Rehan Miskci named Bronx Museum Spring Fellow

MFA Photo/Video alumni Rehan Miskci ('14) was recently named a Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Spring Fellow. Since 1980, the Bronx Museum of the Arts has supported New York’s artist community through the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, offering career management resources to guide New York City emerging artists through the often opaque professional practices of the art world.

Places You Haven't Been,  Rehan Miskci 2017

Places You Haven't Been, Rehan Miskci 2017

Rehan Miskci's work is a delicate examination of absence, displacement and invisibility. These keywords simply define her identity experience while growing up in a latent and secluded culture. Her work mainly derives from archives, and can be seen as one of the many possible interpretations of these archives. The interest lies in how they are being treated physically and how they are repurposed. Her recent pieces are concerned about how space and photography overlap and interact with each other through personal and collective memory.

You Left Behind,  Rehan Miskci 2017

You Left Behind, Rehan Miskci 2017

Her most recent, ongoing project Foto Yeraz, is an extension of Miskci's quest for new meanings in the tradition of studio photography and its connection to her Armenian identity. Backdrops and props, depicting romanticized spaces, resist the documentary claims of photography and therefore create a constant dichotomy between the real and the fake. Miskci also utilizes actual photographs of existing photo studios, and various textures from Beirut’s Armenian surroundings to create the uncanny backdrops of Foto Yeraz. These work together as an examination of the cultural survival of community and the sustainability of social identity.

To view the full list of the 2019 Artist in Marketplace residents and fellows, visit the Bronx Museum's website.

Alumni Miles Ladin featured in Swiss Magazine Aufbau

Writer, photographer, and MFA Photo/Video alum Miles Ladin was recently featured in Swiss-based Aufbau magazine. In Ladin's article, the artist chronicles his journey through the digital medium and further ruminates on the state of photography today. As Ladin states in his featured article "Medium in Crisis: Narcissist in the Pond":

"The monolithic intrusion of social media selfies upon the way we function and perceive reality is a result of a 20-year journey through a digital revolution."

© Miles Ladin

© Miles Ladin

cover image: © Miles Ladin

cover image: © Miles Ladin

Ladin goes on to cite his formative years at SVA's MFA Photo/Video program, saying:

"In 1991, I entered an MFA program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. The then recently-launched graduate program in Photography and Related Media was founded by Charles Traub, who had the foresight to make digital photography a signature focus. As an educator, Traub was ahead of the curve; the programs at Yale and RISD were at that point still solely film based. Photoshop had only just been released in 1990 and I was part of the first generation to take a course on the software. After the class, however, I promptly rejected digital. Unlike some of my fellow students, who used the floppy disk based Sony Mavica cameras as well as Photoshop, I was decidedly Luddite. At least for the moment."

© Miles Ladin

© Miles Ladin

As a still photographer, Ladin has previously shot and developed the visual style for “The Night”, a nightlife column appearing in the Styles section of the Sunday New York Times. His pictures of New York’s glitterati also appeared in “Paparazzi”, a four page bi-annual spread in W Magazine.

Currently, Ladin covers New York Fashion Week for Women’s Wear Daily. In this online feature, titled “Pop Shots”, Ladin's signature black and white images are combined with his own written commentary. His words, like his visual work, combine acute observation with humor.

To read the full text from Aufbau magazine, and for more writing by Miles Ladin, visit the artist's blog.

Elinor Carucci and Marvin Heiferman in "The Space Between" at Julie Saul Gallery

From March 7- April 20, the Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring work by MFA Photo/Video faculty members Elinor Carucci and Marvin Heiferman. "The Space Between" brings together artists across disciplines who portray the many phases of intimate relationships. "The Space Between" refers to both the physical joining of couples as well as the passage of time that unifies them or causes them to drift apart.


Through love and coupling, humans unite and become one, as depicted by many of the artists' works featured in the group show. Form and action stops at the perfect moment of union in Elinor Carucci’s close up of a man and woman as their lips almost meet.

Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. In a relatively short amount of time, her work has been included in an impressive amount of solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group show include The Museum of Modern Art New York and The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.


Writer Marvin Heiferman doesn't consider himself an artist outright; however, his passion for photography and keen eye has resulted in many photographs being captured and shared through social media. Heiferman, aka “@whywelook” zooms in on the outline of a man and woman on the subway on his daily commute; combining body language, a tattoo and patterned dress to suggest intimacy.

In addition to being a contributing editor to Art in America, Heiferman has written for numerous museums, galleries, publications, catalogs, blogs, and magazines including The New York Times, Gagosian Gallery, CNN, Artforum, Design Observer, Aperture, and BOMB. Heiferman is the author, editor, and packager of over two dozen books on photography and visual culture, including Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012).

Congratulations to 2019 Alumni Society Grant Recipients

Three MFA Photo/Video students were recently granted generous awards from SVA's Alumni Society. This year's recipients, among other SVA students across disciplines, were MFA Photo/Video thesis students Brett Henrikson, Wanki Min, and Hanwen Zhang.

Henrikson and Min were awarded the Alumni Scholarship Award, which was established in 1999 by the Alumni Society. This award is distributed annually to undergraduate and graduate students in their final year at SVA to aid in the completion of final thesis/portfolio projects.

Zhang received the The Thomas Reiss Memorial Award, established in 2003 in memory of Thomas Reiss (MFA 1993 Photography and Related Media) by his brother, Richard M. Reiss. An avid environmentalist, Tom passed away in August 2002. This annual award is designated to support a thesis project by a final-year MFA Photography, Video and Related Media major whose project addresses a humanitarian issue.

All three recipients will graduate at the end of this Spring semester, 2019.

Hannah La Follette Ryan featured in New York Magazine

MFA Photo/Video student Hannah La Follette Ryan (often working under the Instagram handle @subwayhands) has been covertly documenting the emphatic, twisted hand yoga of subway riders since 2015. Ryan explains her obsession with the hands of her fellow subway passengers:

"I moved to New York six months after I graduated college in 2014. I started 'Subway Hands' pretty much instantly, within a month of moving. I think that was largely because I arrived in New York and was just so excited and overwhelmed simultaneously by becoming a New Yorker that I was looking around the city with wide eyes and found myself on the subway a lot because I’m a nanny and I’m always commuting from Brooklyn to Manhattan. I found myself people watching a lot and on the subway noticing how you see every kind of person and every energy represented. I was very struck by how expressive that space is."

New York Magazine recently gave Ryan some spring accessories to photograph in her element: the subways of New York City. The following are some samples of what she captured.

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Naixin Xu's "THE DRIVE: 6DAYS 4392KM 30000YUAN" showing at Anthology Film Archives

Recent MFA Photo/Video alumni Naixin Xu (class of '18) is screening her ambitious film THE DRIVE: 6DAYS 4392KM 30000YUAN at the Anthology Film Archives on Wed. January 30th.

all stills courtesy of the artist

all stills courtesy of the artist

The work is an observational documentary film, which is about a truck driver’s cross-country journey across China into Tibet. The film observes Tibetan and Mainland Chinese local, common culture and modernization. The aim of the project is to present, from an observer’s view, fluid and subtle pictures of the culture itself: its people, its landscape, its economy. All are struggling and reforming between the old and the new, the traditional and the modern.

THE DRIVE: 6DAYS 4392KM 30000YUAN acts to make an adventure of movement and space. It’s about experiencing and living through the long journey. The visuals become about pictures and what they represent; in expanded and compressed time.


Naixin Xu is a photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. She currently lives and works in Beijing & New York.

Jamie Permuth's coverage of "Olmedini" featured in the New York Times

Alumni Jaime Permuth never forgot the day 20 years ago when he met Olmedo Renteria on the subway. How could he? With his tuxedo, red shirt and courtly manner, Mr. Renteria cut quite a figure among the weary commuters. But after that first encounter, he disappeared, which is not unusual.

After decades of performing on television in Ecuador, renowned magician Olmedo Renteria — aka Olmedini El Mago — arrived in New York to showcase his talents to audiences commuting on the city’s subways.

Olmedini stopping for a slice of pizza after a visit to Tannen’s Magic Shop on 34th Street. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini stopping for a slice of pizza after a visit to Tannen’s Magic Shop on 34th Street. credit: Jaime Permuth

Mr. Permuth, a Guatemalan photographer in New York, was smitten. He set out to find the magician, whom he located through social media. “Is this Olmedini?” he asked when they met face to face. “He was quiet and then said, ‘At your service.’ It was such an old-fashioned voice coming from another place and time.”

Permuth set out to document the world of Renteria and his images were recently published in the New York Times. What follows are some selected images from the full article.

Olmedini holding props in his apartment. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini holding props in his apartment. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini, dressed in his magician gear, waiting for a train to perform. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini, dressed in his magician gear, waiting for a train to perform. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini lives in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. His doves Lluvia (Rain) and Sol (Sun) are his constant companions. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini lives in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. His doves Lluvia (Rain) and Sol (Sun) are his constant companions. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini strumming a guitar in his apartment in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini strumming a guitar in his apartment in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. credit: Jaime Permuth

A “transmutation trick” by Olemdini. credit: Jaime Permuth

A “transmutation trick” by Olemdini. credit: Jaime Permuth

Jaime Permuth is a Guatemalan photographer living and working in New York City.

His photographs have been shown at several venues in New York City, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Queens Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has also exhibited internationally at the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, Ryugaheon Gallery (Korea) Casa del Lago in Mexico City, and the Israeli Parliament.  Among others, his work is included in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Guatemala, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, Yeshiva University Museum, State University of New York New Paltz, Art Museum of the Americas (DC), Fullerton Art Museum (CA) Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale (FLA) and Fondazione Benetton.

Jiwon Choi featured at LACE "Take My Money/ Take My Body"

This month, alumni Jiwon Choi is featured in the group show, Take My Money / Take My Body at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. The exhibition is an entry point for questions surrounding the promises of popular media within highly bureaucratic, surveilled, and macro-scaled communities such as corporations and nations. Whether a data-mining social platform, exploitative culture industry, or resurgent populist movement, these larger systems structure the very conditions in which we find our (best) selves, albeit at contentious costs and rapidly-inflating prices. Popular media is the emergent interface for such a transaction. What, then, can we make of the joyful feeling of being a willing subject, or one of many in a captive audience?

Still from  Parallel,  Jiwon Choi

Still from Parallel, Jiwon Choi

The productions and fan communities of K-Pop bring new critical vocabularies to bear on this discourse. Characterized by a dialectic of heartfelt engagement and cynical manipulation, K-Pop is a contested cultural stage where trans-Pacific choreographies of invasion, seduction, and disidentification unfold daily over live-stream. Grounded in works by an intergenerational group of artists from China, Cuba, South Korea, Spain and the United States, and supported by programming that reaches out to fans in Los Angeles, Take My Money / Take My Body adopts the verbs, exclamations, and affects of K-Pop and its constitutive communities as a theoretical framework to address the complexities of subjecthood, consumerism, and politics.

Seventeen Girlfriends , Jiwon Choi

Seventeen Girlfriends, Jiwon Choi

Jiwon Choi, born 1991 in South Korea, completed her MFA in photography, video, and related media at School of Visual Arts. She works in the mediums of moving images, and performance. She lives and works in New York City. Her recent exhibitions and screenings include “Parallel,” the Box, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, United States, “New Filmmakers”, Anthology Film Archives, New York, United States, “FLOW”, Raven Row, London.

Visit Take My Money/ Take My Body for more information about this group exhibition in Los Angeles, CA.

Choi is also showing work this month at Double Takes: Historic and Contemporary Film + Video at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, and Shall we dance? at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Marseille, France.

Faculty and alumni featured in Photograph Magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue

This month, photograph magazine features work by thesis student Petros Lales and alum Pacifico Silano, with additional commentary by writers, artists, and MFA Photo/Video faculty Lucas Blalock, Lyle Rexer and Marvin Heiferman.

Writing on Lales's The Time Traveler, photographer Lucas Blalock asserts:

" space has at once given us a model for engaging with the virtualities latent in the material world, and new tools with which to picture them... [The Time Traveler] is funny and wise and weird. The eye contact is astonishing. Sci-Fi is all around us these days but rarely is it so convincing."

Petros Lales,  The Time Traveler , 2017.

Petros Lales, The Time Traveler, 2017.

Pacifico Silano,  Untitled (Mirror) , 2018.

Pacifico Silano, Untitled (Mirror), 2018.

Curator Marvin Heiferman says of Pacifico Silano's featured work Untitled (Mirror)

"The gutter-- in the publishing world and on city streets-- is a place we're often cautioned to avoid... the place where images butt up against each other with only a paper fold, white border, or staple separating one from the next. I haven't stopped thinking about this particular one since I first saw it because, spit right down the middle, it's about here versus there, nature and the nature of looking, and, of course, scenarios designed to excite."

In addition to these works highlighted in "photograph is 30," alumni Dinh Q. Lê and faculty Wardell Milan are featured artists in the January/February issue as well. Milan's first West Coast exhibition at the Fraenkel Gallery is highlighted as is Lê's retrospective at the San Jose Museum of Art in California. To read more from photograph magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue, visit the publication's site.

Wardell Milan,  Michael Ross , 2018.

Wardell Milan, Michael Ross, 2018.