7. 11. - 2. 12. 2018 (opening: Tuesday, 6. 11. 2018 at 4 p.m.)
Kaitlyn Antoniadis, Liam Axton, Joan Barker, Morgan Beardslee, Amanda Bogatka, Vicky Carrature, Vicky Charles, Vincent Cianni, Marissa Contelmo, Allison DeBritz, Brandon Fiege, Tim Foley, Sarah Horan, Anthony Licata, Jonathan Renino, Mark Lyon, Kristen Matuszak, Lilianna Maxwell, Nicholas Mehedin, Casey Michael Robertson, Leah Renee Monsour, John Murphy, Catherine Nicholson, Jenna Papageorgantis, Dan Pavsic, Greta Pratt, Nick Rouke, Krista Svalbonas, Bruce Wahl, Andrea Wenglowskyj
curated by: Kaitlyn Antoniadis, Anthony Licata, Leah Renee Monsour
graphic design: Jan Slabihoudek
“The fundamental truth of the American Identity lies in its multiplicity. Living in a time of intense political turmoil, the various shades within the American identity are more pronounced, with certain groups threatened more than others. Characteristics such as race, class, gender, and religion have been called to the forefront of national attention by government and resistance leaders alike.
In this collection of photographs, we recognize multiple identities among the people who have passed through the same academic space at various times. By speaking simultaneously about individual identity and shared experience, this show acts as a perfect metaphor for the American Identity: while we remain distinct in history, we are all, ultimately, American.”
(Leah Renee Monsour)
“Issues of identity both illuminate and cloud our vision. As we become more aware and respectful of the full range of human fulfillment through the embrace of different identities, we become better and more tolerant as humans. On the other hand, as we represent ourselves as more distinct and diverse identities, we become fractured and unable to speak effectively or kindly with each other. This condition has become the paradox at the heart of the current moment in American culture. As a nation, we have come a long way since the 1960s in our ability to embrace difference but in that process parts of society have reacted against this openness. Many young artists in the United States are keenly aware of these issues and are making work in response to this condition. The work in this show is a visual response to these issues through photographic explorations by current and former students of the Photography Program in the Art Department at the State University of New Paltz in New York. ”
(Professor Francois Deschamps)
The origin of this exhibition was inspired by a Fulbright Grant to Prague, Czech Republic, undertaken by Francois Deschamps in the spring of 2018 at the Photography program of FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange between FAMU and the State University of New York at New Paltz in New Paltz, NY, where Deschamps teaches. The exchange comprises two parts: an exhibit of works by students at FAMU, Terrestrial Aesthetics, at the State University of New York at New Paltz in October 2018 and the exhibit American Identities at GAMU. These exhibits have been made possible by the Fulbright Foundation with support from FAMU. The exhibition catalog has been funded by the Art Department, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Career Resource Center at the State University of New York at New Paltz.