Imagemaker Presentation: "Treece" with Dina Kantor

 Trenton & Madison, Treece, KS, 2010

Trenton & Madison, Treece, KS, 2010

October 7, MFA Photo/Video alumni Dina Kantor will discuss her work "Treece" at the Society for Photographic Education's Northeast Chapter Conference in New York. Concurrently images from the project will be on view as part of Tipping Points, a juried exhibition by Paul Mpagi Sepuya which will be held at the Vassar College James W. Palmer III '90 Gallery in conjuction with the conference. With an opening reception on October 6th, the show will feature approximately 35 works by photographers from the North East United States, many of them connected to colleges and universities. The exhibition will run through October 25th, 2018.

 Tar Creek, OK, 2011

Tar Creek, OK, 2011

Speaking on the work, Kantor states:

"The world is facing unprecedented change on multiple fronts -- environmental, technological, sociological, psychological, and political. While historically things are always in flux, the exponential acceleration of so many factors is new to our age, as is the concept of humans propelling irreversible tipping points at a global scale.

I began photographing [Treece, Kansas] when the government decided to fund a buyout of the entire town, and the residents had this impending dissolution of their community and homes hanging over their heads. The houses are now gone; the roads have been torn up. The vacant land itself was sold in 2014. The EPA is still working on reclaiming the land, and the town that remains is unrecognizable.

 Photograph, 2012

Photograph, 2012

This project is about understanding the transformation and finality of community, changes in the structure of home and the destruction of land, and the subsequent birth of a new identity."

Dina Kantor is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn. Her work explores the ways in which the camera contributes to our understanding of identity and community.

Dina is a 2016 fellow in photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant in 2012, and was a 2013-2014 A.I.R. Gallery Fellow. In 2014, she was awarded a residency at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Dina has also received grants from the Kansas Humanities Council, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Finlandia Foundation National. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Jewish Museum in New York, the Portland Art Museum and the Southeast Museum of Photography. Dina holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BA from the University of Minnesota.

For more information about Dina Kantor's talk at the SPE Northeast Conference on Sunday October 7th, and for a further description of the work, visit the event webpage. To learn more about "Tipping Points" on display at Vassar College James W. Palmer III '90 Gallery, please follow the link provided.