A Kaleidoscopic View: Recent Prints from Graphicstudio and Ukrainian Photography Today

Friday, September 16, 2022 - 11:00am - Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 6:00pm
The Print Center 1614 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

September 16 — November 12, 2022 A Kaleidoscopic View showcases recent work created at Graphicstudio – the renowned studio at the University of South Florida – by 19 contemporary artists. Ukrainian Photography Today is presented in response to the ongoing war in Ukraine and highlights the work of four women-identifying artists, all working with subjects and themes whose relevance is amplified in times of need. A Kaleidoscopic View: Recent Prints from Graphicstudio A Kaleidoscopic View features recent work from Graphicstudio, University of South Florida (USF), Tampa and includes work by Diana Al-Hadid, Ingrid Calame, Sandra Cinto, Iva Gueorguieva, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Glenda León, Christian Marclay, Josiah McElheny, Ibrahim Miranda, Duke Riley and William Villalongo as well as the Life During Wartime Portfolio, created in response to the global pandemic, with works by Sebastiaan Bremer, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mark Thomas Gibson, Ellen Harvey, Deborah Kass, Hew Locke and Narsiso Martinez. This exhibition is one in a longstanding series in which The Print Center highlights studios whose work transforms the field of print. A Kaleidoscopic View: Recent Prints from Graphicstudio explores the wide variety of works they have created in the last decade, emphasizing their mastery of technique, including cyanotype, intaglio, lithography, photogravure, relief and screenprinting. The sky is the limit at Graphicstudio, where master printmakers work with artists to support their exploration of content and form to realize their unique vision. Time and again, the prints coming out of Graphicstudio showcase the atelier’s ability to handle any technique, from traditional 2D to experimental 3D, as well as their generous commitment of the resources necessary for optimal realization of projects. While fluency in technique is foundational to any print studio, this exhibition draws attention to Graphicstudio’s grasp of content as something that truly sets them apart. The subjects of the prints included in this exhibition are timely – ranging from climate change to social justice. As highlighted in this exhibition, the artists engaged by Graphicstudio have their fingers on the pulse of current events, and their works stand as bastions of our pivotal moment in history. The portfolio is a tangible result of a virtual exhibition titled Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus, mounted by the USF Contemporary Art Museum in June 2020. For the portfolio, the artists responded to the realities of life in a global health crisis, conveying images mixed with trauma and hope. Ukrainian Photography Today Ukrainian Photography Today features work by Alena Grom, Oksana Parafeniuk, Yelena Yemchuk and Kateryna Yermolaeva – four leading photographers from Ukraine. Together, they present work that touches upon themes that are relevant in times of need, including the fragility of childhood, the volatility of motherhood, the hopefulness of youth, the importance of family connections and the urgency of care. Grom, Parafeniuk, Yemchuk and Yermolaeva – all women-identifying artists – exemplify the creativity emerging from Ukraine and its artists dispersed to other parts of the world, as well as gesture to the various feminist positions that exist within Ukrainian art. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Ksenia Nouril, a specialist in contemporary Eastern European art, with exhibition advisor Irina Glik, a Ukrainian-American photographer, educator and writer. Alena Grom’s diptychs, from the series “Pendulum,” pair an image of a baby or toddler living in the Donbas region of Ukraine with a glimpse into and around war-torn buildings. While the portrait is direct and searing, the architectural landscapes are more abstract and melancholic. As a pair, the images make up the trajectory of a swinging pendulum – moving left to right, from birth to death. In collaged compositions, Oksana Parafeniuk combines black-and-white archival photographs with contemporary color digital images, testifying to connections across generations. Each work pictures a family unit from both the past and the present – a mother and child, a group of children. The subjects are often pictured in repose – relaxing in nature, swimming in a lake, taking walks. These are moments of unadulterated joy in the midst of the tragedy and trauma of the reality of war. Yelena Yemchuk turns her attention to Ukraine’s youth – teenagers who have been raised in a relatively peaceful and democratic country. Now, on the eve of their adulthood, they are faced with their greatest challenge yet: surviving and thriving in a country at war. Kateryna Yermolaeva suffered an identity crisis after being cut-off from her family and home in Donbas in 2014. Dressing up as non-binary characters, she experimented with embodying multiple personalities in her series “Me, Myself, and I,” which comprises both male and female avatars. Each personality contains a piece of Yermolaeva’s own personality and has a story conveyed by the context of the photograph. Together, they form a motley crew that reimagines the composition of our society.

Event Type: 
Arts and Culture
Visual Arts
Graphic Arts/Design