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Alumni Yael Eban Named Must-See at AIPAD's "The Photography Show"

© Yael Eban

© Yael Eban

The 39th edition of AIPAD's The Photography Show features work from a roster of diverse artists, including MFA Photo/Video Alum Yael Eban. Artsy, a platform for collecting and discovering art whose mission is to expand the art market to support more artists and art in the world, named Eban one of 10 Must-See Artists at this year's event.

© Yael Eban

© Yael Eban

In AIPAD's The Photography Show, experimental frames bump up against traditional portraiture, and subjects range from contemporary to classic, including surfers captured by teenage photographer Joey Farrell and black-and-white cityscapes by the late master Walker Evans. The pictures, on view at New York’s Pier 94 April 4th through 7th, offer glimpses into disparate lives, times, and modalities. You can find plenty of famous Weegee and Diane Arbus images; and when you visit, Alec Soth may be sitting on a couch within the special exhibition he curated, which focuses on domestic portraits and interiors.

Eban's featured new series, Is and Isn’t (2017–18), combines rocks, beaches, palm leaves, and fountains with many images containing an optical trick. In one representative shot, Eban captures a crumbling yellowish wall, a craggy ground, and a soft blue sky. Yet in the middle of the composition, a tear reveals a rusting pink layer underneath. The seam suggests buried histories and multiple levels of truth and fiction. According to gallerist Katrin Weber, the pictures are an exploration of color. She added: “You’re seeing forms [and] shapes, and being reminded of this kind of fleeting [feeling] that you get when you experience a place.”

The granddaughter of Israeli diplomat Abba Eban, photographer Yael Eban takes pictures that reference her family’s homeland, as well as her own transnational journeys, while also boasting bright, lush surfaces. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

"I Can Help Who's Next:" alumni Natan Dvir's work featured in New York Times

MFA Photo/Video alumni Natan Dvir, who moved to New York from Israel in 2008, is featured the New York Times for his photo essay on queues around the city. As the featured article states, Dvir "was waiting amid a crowd at a bus stop, and when the bus pulled up, everyone magically took positions in line, as if they had choreographed it in advance."

Dvir goes on to add: “That sounds normal, right?” he said. “Not in Israel. In Israel, everybody would rush to the bus door. It’s survival of the fittest. I found it so shocking that I almost missed the bus. How did everybody know where to stand? In most of the world, that doesn’t happen.”

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For his work, Dvir "found lines at bus stations, restaurants, bathrooms and outside boutiques offering limited-edition sneakers, where posting photos of the line on Instagram was half the fun. Lines were subcultures unto themselves. The lines in Midtown Manhattan were different from those in Flushing, Queens; the lines for Cronuts were different from those outside the Human Resources Administration.

“People stand in line because it’s cool, or because they’re part of a community,” Dvir said. “Being in the line is a huge part of the experience, if not the main part of the experience.”

Natan Dvir is a photographer who focuses on the human aspects of cultural, social and political issues. He received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (NY), after which he became an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Based in New York he photographs around the world represented by Polaris Images photo agency and Anastasia Photo gallery.

To view the article in its entirety, visit the New York Times' website. To see more of Natan Dvir's work, please follow the link provided.

Work by Dina Litovsky featured in The New Yorker

Work by class of 2010 alumni Dina Litovsky was recently featured in the story, Where the Amish Go on Vacation in the New Yorker; alongside writing by Alice Gregory. 

Two women pass by a mural depicting the ideal of the Amish life back home.

Two women pass by a mural depicting the ideal of the Amish life back home.

Excerpt from the article:

Each winter, for close to a century now, hundreds of Amish and Mennonite families have travelled from their homes in icy quarters of the U.S. and Canada to Pinecraft, a small, sunny neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida. Arriving on chartered buses specializing in the transportation of “Plain people” from areas such as Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Holmes County, Ohio, they rent modest bungalows and stay for weeks, or sometimes months, at a time. It’s vacation. For many, it’s the one time of the year that they spend with people from communities other than their own.

The front yard of a family home.

The front yard of a family home.

Originally drawn to Pinecraft’s affordable real-estate prices and off-season farming potential, the first Amish families began coming in the mid-nineteen-twenties, with the idea of growing celery. They found the soil disappointing, but not the comparatively languid life style. Now, without barns to raise or cows to milk or scrapple to prepare, the typically stringent rules of Anabaptist life are somewhat suspended in Pinecraft, an inland neighborhood that in recent decades has expanded to more than two hundred and eighty acres. Earrings, usually forbidden, can be seen glittering from beneath white bonnets, and houses are outfitted with satellite dishes. Horses and buggies are nowhere to be seen, but adult-sized tricycles abound. Swimming, volleyball, and shuffleboard are encouraged; ice-cream cones are a nightly ritual.

To continue reading the writing by Alice Gregory and to see more of Dina Litovsky's photographs, please click here.

The nightly women’s volleyball game is the community’s main spectacle.

The nightly women’s volleyball game is the community’s main spectacle.

Alum, Maureen Drennan featured in exhibition at Mrs. Gallery

Opening this Friday, April 20th alumni Maureen Drennan will be featured in the group exhibition DUTCH MASTERS at Mrs. Gallery. a Opening Saturday April 14 - June 2, 2018 the exhibition will include works by Chris Bogia, Caroline Wells Chandler, Courtney Childress, Maureen Drennan, Omari Douglin, Chris Martin, Rebecca Morgan, Dean Roper, Eduardo Sarabia, Matthew Spiegelman, Fred Tomaselli, Breanne Trammell and Brian Willmont.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 20, between 6 - 9pm. For more details, please click here.

image courtesy of Maureen Brennan.

image courtesy of Maureen Brennan.

Maureen Drennan is a photographer born and based in New York City. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, the Tacoma Art Museum Seattle, Washington, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Aperture, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and the Newspace Center for Photography, amongst others. Her images have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, California Sunday Magazine, Huffington Post, Photograph Magazine, Photo District News, American Photo, UK Telegraph, Refinery 29, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

She currently teaches at LaGuardia Community College and the International Center for Photography in New York City.

Exhibition view. Courtesy of Mrs. Gallery. 

Exhibition view. Courtesy of Mrs. Gallery.