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Shimon Attie and Ming-Jer Kuo in conversation with Shan Jayakumar

SVA MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media welcomes you to Shifting the Focus, the theme of our 2019-2020 Scheimpflug Lecture Series. Discussions will feature distinguished department alumni and colleagues thematically centered around lens based media as the foundation towards a greater creative practice.

On September 17th at 6:30PM, the department presents a discussion with Shimon Attie (faculty) and Ming-Jer Kuo (’14 alumni) lead by Shan Jayakumar, professor of Graduate Studies in Urban and Regional Design at NYIT. As 2019 recipients of the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) Awards in Architecture, Environmental Structures, and Design, Attie and Kuo will discuss their practice and its evolution from traditional photographic concepts to physical objects in multi-functional environments. The artists will each present a survey of their work and elaborate the importance of lens-based theory to their unique creativity.

Shimon Attie is a visual artist, whose practice includes creating permanent and temporary site-specific installations in public places, immersive mixed-media installations for museums and galleries, art photographs, and new media works. In many of his projects, Attie has used a variety of media to animate sites with images of their lost histories or speculative futures. This has included introducing the histories and narratives of marginalized and/or forgotten communities into the physical landscape of the present. In other, often video works, Attie engages local communities in finding new ways of representing their history, memory, and potential futures.

Whether working with public sites or in museums and galleries, Attie’s work explores how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time, place and identity. Shimon Attie’s work has been exhibited and collected by numerous museums around the world, including by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The National Gallery in Washington DC, the ICA in Boston, and the Miami Art Museum, among many others. In addition, he has received numerous visual artist fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, and a Visual Artist Fellowship from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute.

Ming-Jer Kuo (born in Taipei, Taiwan) is a New York-based artist. He had worked as an environmental engineer for eleven years and came to New York for art. He creates interdisciplinary visual art works based on his lens-based media experience, urban living interests and engineer’s analytic perspective. Kuo graduated from MFA Photography, Video and Related Media at School of Visual Arts in 2014. He is a member of The Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts in NYC (2017), a participant of NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in NYC (2015), a recipient of Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement in NYC (2014), and was awarded as Honorable Mention of Taoyuan Creation Award in Taiwan (2011). Kuo’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows of EFA 20|20 Gallery in NYC (2019), Trestle Gallery in NYC (2018), Gallery Sejul in Seoul (2017), Chashama Space to Present Program in NYC (2017), QCC Art Gallery in NYC (2017), NARS Foundation in NYC (2016), Gallery 456 in NYC (2016), Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ (2016), New York Hall of Science in NYC (2015), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in NYC (2015), The 2 Gateway Center in Newark, NJ (2014, 2015), Fotoaura Institute of Photography in Taiwan (2009) and Pingyao International Photography Festival in China (2004). Kuo’s work has been featured by numerous publications including Aint-Bad (2014) and Steadfast Arte (2015). His work, "Everyday Practice of Art" was solo exhibited and was included in a publication of government in Taiwan (2010).

Shan Jayakumar is an urban designer and historian. He teaches in the graduate urban design program in the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, where his thesis investigated urban development in India. His design work has included residential, institutional, commercial, healthcare and urban planning projects in New York and abroad. Shan's current research involves finding community-based solutions to social, environmental and infrastructure challenges. He was a 2017-2018 Neighborhood Fellow of the City of New York, providing economic development and placemaking services to historically underserved areas of East Brooklyn. A neighborhood-scale project he helped lead to remedy safety issues under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is being implemented by the New York City Department of Transportation. And his designs on the theme of “conceptual urbanism” were featured in “The Greatest Grid” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, marking the 200th anniversary of the Manhattan street grid. In addition to his role at NYIT, he has been a guest lecturer and critic at The New School University, the City University of New York and Columbia University.