Jacqueline Bates curates "At Home: in the American West" at Aperture

Mary Dambacher, Taos, NM ; Photo by Ahndraya Parlato & Gregory Halpern

Mary Dambacher, Taos, NM; Photo by Ahndraya Parlato & Gregory Halpern

In a year when thousands of migrant children have been sent to live in tent cities, rents for a San Francisco apartment average $3,750, and wildfires have destroyed entire communities, the question of how people define “home” has never felt more urgent. Some feel nostalgic about where they came from, some never left the towns they grew up in, and others couldn’t wait to leave. At Home, organized by MFA Photo/Video alumni and California Sunday Magazine Photography director Jacqueline Bates in conjuction with Aperture Gallery, features a variety of emerging and established photographers who traveled through ten states in the American West and spoke to people about what, and where, home is. At Home will be on view December 6, 2018 – January 4, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, December 6 from 6:00-8:30 pm.

Derrick Washington & Kurt Gramm, Los Angeles, CA;  Photo by Erica Deeman

Derrick Washington & Kurt Gramm, Los Angeles, CA; Photo by Erica Deeman

The series includes a formerly homeless woman who finally feels settled in her tiny house in Seattle, a single mother who found her sanctuary living off the grid in the New Mexico desert, a couple who built their dream mansion in the mountains, a DACA recipient who has proudly purchased his first home in Utah, and a Los Angeles native who feels at peace by the ocean.

This exhibition coincides with the publication of The California Sunday Magazine’s December special issue in which all stories will be told through photography, focusing on a single theme: Home.

Jacqueline Bates is Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was senior photo editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview, and Wired. Bates holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been exhibited internationally.