Posts by: Katie Shapiro

Brea Souders’ Photographs Explore Her European Ancestry

Brea Souders photography

Brea Souders is a fine art photographer based in New York. Of her work, she writes:

As an American with typically mixed bloodlines, I started this project to explore the many places in Europe where I have ancestry and their influence on me as an artist and a person. I created the very first photograph in this series in Italy in May, 2010, titled Sunburn in Naples. This image encapsulated my feelings – a desire to own my Italian ancestral roots, to be wholly a part of something, but an inability to do so. The Neapolitan sun burned the Irish skin that I inherited from my father’s father. Upon my return home I continued my work, creating images that reflect my research of Christianity, art history, European history, family traditions and my desire to connect all of the pieces together into one unified whole.

I recently completed a long residency in France, where I continued this project with a focus on the experience of living as a foreigner in a place where I have ancestry. The images created in France have taken a looser and more personal turn, with special attention to my own interaction with the French landscape and with objects that I found along the way. The images speak to sudden feelings of freedom, curiosity and transformation, and to a world that became larger, less static and more confounding. The resulting photographs reflect a shift that took place within me as a result of spending time in my ancestral country, France.

A poetic counter-world photographed by Siri Kaur

Siri Kaur photography

Siri Kaur is a Los Angeles based photographer. She received her MFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts in 2007, and an MA in Italian Studies (2001) and BA in Comparative Literature (1998) from Smith College. Kaur was the recipient of the Portland Museum of Art Biennial Purchase Prize in 2011. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at the Torrance Museum of Art, California Institute of Technology, UCLA’s Wight Biennial and USC’s 3001 Gallery. This work is being shown at Blythe Projects (Los Angeles) through December 17, 2011.

In a world beset by fear, war and the specter of ecological disaster, yearning for a safe haven has become part of everyday living. Kaur uses photography to suggest a poetic counter-world while acknowledging the abysmal and the uncanny lurking beneath the surface of utopian fantasies. Her images, originating in diverse locations including Iceland, New England, Alaska and Southern California, reveal an artistic practice that is deeply personal, yet universal, oscillating between anxiety and yearning for a better world. [via Blythe Projects]

Siri Kaur photography

Cliffside homes in Southern California photographed by Amir Zaki

Amir Zaki photography

Amir Zaki is a Southern California based artist whose photographs meditate on isolation, escape, retreat and freedom, issues embodied in the cliffside homes he chooses as subjects. For each individual work, Zaki stitches together multiple views into a single photograph, taking a comprehensive and surreal look at buildings designed to capture the ‘perfect vista’. Zaki turns his back on these exact views, focusing instead on the absurdity of the perched, looming structures and scrambling stairs, ladders and funiculars that cling awkwardly against Southern California’s cliffs.

Amir Zaki photography

Amir Zaki photography

Sidonie Loiseleux’s ‘permanent cavity’ work sourced from Google Images

Sidonie Loiseleux photography

Working primarily in photography, Los Angeles-based Sidonie Loiseleux explores the materiality of the medium through physical manipulations of the two-dimensional object. Permanent cavity, a ballistic term used to refer to the hole left by the passage of a projectile, is a series of images related to the displacement of matter. The images for this project were picked from the 22 million images of black holes brought up in a Google search and xeroxed 22 times.

Sidonie Loiseleux photography

Sidonie Loiseleux photography

Katherine Squier’s spur of the moment point and shoot photographs

Katherine-Squier photography

Katherine Squier is a photographer living in Austin, Texas. Of her work, she writes:

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