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To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults January 14 – April 15, 2021 PCNW is pleased to present To Survive on This Shore, a new photographic
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults
January 14 – April 15, 2021
PCNW is pleased to present To Survive on This Shore, a new photographic exhibition on view January 14–April 15, 2021. This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Jess T. Dugan, photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.
For more than five years, Dugan and Fabbre traveled throughout the United States seeking subjects whose experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class and geographic location. They traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. The featured individuals have a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last 90 years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States.
The exhibition will include 22 photographs, each paired with texts illuminating the life narratives of those photographed. A hardcover book (Kehrer Verlag, August 28, 2018) contains 65 portraits and texts as well as an interview with Dugan and Fabbre conducted by Karen Irvine, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Ill.
While Dugan’s earlier work focused on issues of identity, gender and sexuality — and often on LGBTQ communities specifically — this is their first body of work that focuses on older adults, a result of their collaboration with Fabbre. Dugan’s portraits are open, emotive and nuanced, utilizing direct eye contact to facilitate a meaningful exchange between subject and viewer. For the accompanying texts, Fabbre provides selections of full-length interviews to enhance the viewer’s connection to each subject’s story. The resulting book and exhibition provide a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.
Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 35 museums throughout the United States. Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. They are represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Ill.
Vanessa Fabbre, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Public Health. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her research explores the conditions under which gender and sexual minorities age well and what this means in the context of social forces such as heteronormativity, heterosexism and transphobia. She is also interested in critical perspectives on social work practice and interpretive methodology in the social sciences. She is actively involved in the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging and the Society for Social Work and Research. Her work has been published in The Gerontologist, the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Social Work, the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, the Journal of Urban Health and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults is an exhibition organized by Barrett Barrera Projects.
Barrett Barrera Projects is a cross-disciplinary group of originators who redefine art experiences and push boundaries to explore the continuously expanding spectrum of art forms. We see art where others see separate disciplines. At Barrett Barrera Projects we focus on the intersections, because that’s where new ideas and experiences emerge. Our team produces, manages, consults and advises on touring exhibitions, in addition to managing our own exhibition and gallery spaces. For more information, visit barrettbarrera.com.
This exhibit is on view January 14 – April 15, 2020.
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January 14 (Thursday) - April 15 (Thursday)
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Black & White Film Photography Basics Faculty: Macsen Baumann April 25, 2021 | Sunday 12:30-5:30pm (Pacific Time) In-person course $135 | Details / Register This is
This is a one–day workshop designed for beginners who want to shoot and process black and white film, but it can also serve as a refresher for anyone who is rekindling a relationship with the medium. Start off by shooting a roll of black and white film on your 35mm camera after an overview of how aperture, shutter speed and depth of field will affect your results. Then learn how to process your film and obtain negatives for printing.
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Take this workshop in tandem with our Black & White Printing Basics workshop for a perfect two–day introduction or refresher to the beauty of black and white photography.
(Sunday) 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Inside Out: a group exhibition by the push/pull artist collective On view April
Inside Out: a group exhibition by the push/pull artist collective On view April 29 – June 10, 2021 push/pull curatorial statement There is a growing sense that opposing movements—one toward ideals of freedom, the other toward increasing restrictions一are approaching an inflection point. Social and economic classes are polarizing, public rhetoric doesn’t reflect lived reality, and rapid technological change eases as much as it restrains. The collective feeling is that things have turned inside out. In this exhibition, works from the push/pull collective explore where ideals of nature and community persist against the realities of decay and enclosure. Traditional landscapes and interiors give way to tensions between nature and built environments, in whose margins communities adapt and survive.
Featuring work by Tara Champion, Michael Clements, Andrej Gregov, Elisa Huerta-Enochian, Chris Letcher, Jon MacLaren, Susan MacLaren, Helen Miller, Anna Ream, Jenny Riffle, and Seth Thompson. Curatorial note, 2021—Our exhibition was postponed from its original date in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflecting on the theme now, it seems eerily prescient—and still relevant. The pandemic continues, we are learning how deeply fractured our political environment has become (aided by increasing technocratization), as we reckon with its inequitable fallout.
Formed in 2016, push/pull is a collective of Seattle artists working with the formal process of creating photographs. The name refers to traditional film development techniques and to the discourse and exchange of ideas between group members that is the group’s purpose. Activities include monthly meetings to engage in critical dialogue about works-in-progress and planning and realizing ensemble projects and exhibitions. A primary concern is the challenge of producing meaningful photographic artworks as the medium undergoes a radical shift from material to digital production—where the production and distribution of imagery occurs almost simultaneously, and the proliferation of digital image-making risks overwhelming the salience of photographic imagery broadly. Formal questions inherent to artistic production and questions about the ways that printed photographs continue to engage viewers inform the development of individual and group work. Although the artists in push/pull work in a wide variety of methods and subject matter, the collective work tends toward the exploration of landscapes and place, where perceived absence and stillness are charged with a presence that invites lingering.
Tara Champion is a Seattle-based photographer working within the themes of environmental conservation and biological visualization. She holds a M.S. in Biological Photography and Imaging from the University of Nottingham, and a B.A. in photography as well as a B.S. in Biology from Seattle University. With her unique cross-disciplinary background she responds to scientific findings in a visual manner with particular interest in birds and climate change. Her work has been published and written about in the U.S. and abroad and viewed in exhibit spaces in the Northwest.
Michael Clements is a photographer existing in Seattle Washington.
Andrej Gregov is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His primary focuses are exploring the built and natural environments. Contemporary architecture is a special long-term focus and interest area. His work is produced using traditional analog capture and printing techniques including silver, c-print and alternative processes. Andrej is a contributor to A Minimal Event, a podcast about art photography. He is also a member of the push/pull photography group, a collective of Seattle artists working with the formal process of creating Photographs.
Elisa Huerta-Enochian is an artist and photographer born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She explores identity and memories through her images.
Chris Letcher is an intermedia artist who grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He has a degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This led to a Certificate in Photography from Photographic Center Northwest. Letcher’s formal concerns are minimalist, his thematic concerns eschatological. For many years he has been surveying the economic devastation in Detroit and his hometown of Tucumcari, New Mexico. He has exhibited most recently at Pottery Northwest, Northwest Film Forum and Photographic Center Northwest. Apparently, he’s based in the Northwest.
Jon MacLaren is a photographer based in south Seattle, Washington. Jon moved to Seattle ten years ago from the UK. He graduated from the PCNW certificate program in 2014. Currently, he is working on two projects: one using images taken in the dark, damp forests of the Pacific Northwest; the other using shots taken out of the car window while traveling.
Susan MacLaren is a photographer and Small Business Communication Consultant based in Seattle, WA. She holds a BA in Photography and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Communication at the University of Washington. She is a member of the push/pull Photography Collective and uses her work to focus on the interplay of environment, light, and memory.
Helen Miller lives and works in Seattle, WA. She has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Washington, a Master’s in philosophy from St. John’s College, and is a Ph.D. candidate in art and philosophy at the European Graduate School. She is a member of the push/pull and Minimal Event photography collectives.
Anna Ream is a conceptual and documentary portrait photographer based in Issaquah. She is a 2014 graduate of the PCNW certificate program and has a BA from Wellesley College. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured on websites internationally including Lenscratch, TODAY.com, The Daily Mail (U.K.), and in print in Germany. In addition to push/pull, she is a member of the Fotofemmes collective.
Jenny Riffle graduated from Bard College in 2001 with a BA in Photography; she received her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2011. Riffle works with narrative portraiture and landscapes that explore the psychological essence of a person or place. Her current work explores the power of nature in the Pacific Northwest. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, and she has been featured in, and has photographed for, numerous publications worldwide. A book of her collaborative self portraits It’s Raining… I Love You was published in 2020 by Minor Matters Books and her monograph Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting was published by Zatara Press in 2015. Riffle’s awards include Artist Trust’s GAP, FotoFilmic’s BMNF Award, The Pilkington Prize, PDN’s 30, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation Grant.
Seth Thompson taught color at the Photographic Center from 1999 to 2014. He studied English and Film History (MA) and Painting (MFA) at the University of Oregon. He has worked on a series of interior images of rural Mexico and Cuba, as well as a series of night images, mostly of Seattle. He has shown locally and internationally.
April 29 (Thursday) - June 10 (Thursday)
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