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MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Thesis Exhibition
June 20 - July 1
School of Visual Arts presents an exhibition of thesis projects by the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media class of 2016. Curated by faculty member Bonnie Yochelson, the exhibition is on view Monday, June 20, through Friday, July 1, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.
Showcasing work in a variety of mediums—including photographic prints, videos, books and mixed-media installations comprised of furniture, wall hangings, monitors and sculpture—the exhibition represents the department’s commitment to diversity in form and content.
The thesis projects on view address a range of themes, including explorations of personal history, such as Nick Alciati’s recreated teenage bedroom, which serves to examine his experiments in gender fluidity; reflections on emigration and the culture of the artist’s home country, such as Ala d’Amico’s prints, which trace the nationalist history of Italian travertine marble; and commentary on contemporary political issues, such as New York City’s pre-AIDS gay culture in Patrick McNabb’s photographs of older men at former cruising sites.
Participating artists include Ki Hyuk Ahn, Nick Alciati, Lucy Chouquette, Ala d’Amico, Erin Davis, Hope Antonella Guzzo, Xiaoyang Jin, Jihoon Kim, Netta Laufer, Max C. Lee, Kelsey Lynn, Maria Pereyra Marquez, Patrick McNabb, Sara Meghdari, Dalai, Ooldouz Alaei Novin, Han Park, Maggie Parvaneh, Dana Stirling, Iris Xing and Alexander F. Yuan.
A screening of thesis projects will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2:00 – 6:30pm, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. Participating artists include Yi Yi Lily Chan, Jiwon Choi, Sholeh Dalai, Forrest Davis, Quihui Gong, Kijin Jang, Jemma Koo and I Chuan Lee.
One of the first graduate programs to incorporate digital practice, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media is dedicated to the creative practice of both traditional and digital lens-based arts and to the integration of new theories, contexts and techniques of these ever-evolving media. Emphasizing the expansion of the photographic vocabulary, the department encourages students to challenge the current boundaries of their media and to look at the impact of design, video, hyper-media, and telecommunications and other electronic components on contemporary work in the field.