RISD Photo TC Colley Lecture Series Spring 2015

All lectures begin at 7pm in the Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center
Free and Open to the Public

March 3, 2015
Artie Vierkant

Higher Pictures Solo Exhibition 2012

Artie Vierkant was born in 1986 in Brainderd, Minnesota. He lives and works in New York. Vierkant received his MFA from the University of California San Diego in 2012. He has had recent solo exhibitions at UNTITLED, New York (2014), Higher Pictures, New York (2014), New Galerie, Paris (2013), and Exile, Berlin (2013). He has also recently participated in group exhibitions at galleries and institutions including Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2014), International Center of Photography, New York (2014), UNTITLED, New York (2013), Fonds M-Arco, Marseille, France (2013), Institute of Contemporary Art London (2012), and Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2012). (http://artievierkant.com/)

March 17, 2015
Atul Bhalla

Atul Bhalla has explored the physical, historical, spiritual, and political significance of water to the urban environment and population of his city (New Delhi) through artworks that incorporate sculpture, painting, installation, video, photography, and performance.

Bhalla is particularly concerned about the relationship between the Yamuna and urban communities. The Yamuna is one of the largest tributaries of the Ganges River and tens of millions of people depend on its water for irrigation, and municipal/domestic use. Venerated in Hindu mythology as the goddess of life, it is also one of the most polluted rivers in the world. With a focus on pollution and scarcity of water, Yamuna Walk traces the artist’s five-day walk around the portion of the river that encircles New Delhi. At times through this journey Bhalla was forced to climb fences and cross concrete overpasses to continue his quest. These modern obstacles weave their way into the fabric of rural life— connecting and hampering its development as well as continuation.

Atul Bhalla earned his BFA from Delhi University and his MFA from the School of Art of Northern Illinois University. His work has been in several museum exhibitions, most notably in The Newark Museum’s “INDIA: Public Places, Private Spaces” and the Fotographie Forum Frankfurt’s “Watching me – Watching India: New Photography from India,” and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Triennial and at the Harvard Art Museums. He is currently associate professor at the Shiv Nadar University Greater Noida. India. (http://atulbhalla.com/)

March 31, 2015
Gillian Laub

Gillian Laub (b. 1975) is a photographer born in Chappaqua New York.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in comparative literature before studying photography at the International Center of Photography, New York where her love of storytelling and family narratives began. She was selected for the World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass in 2003 and as the winner of Nikon’s Storyteller Award for her work in the Middle East.  With the support of the Jerome Foundation, Laub’s first monograph Testimony was published by Aperture in 2007 to critical acclaim.  This body of work is comprised of portraits and testimonies from Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians all directly and indirectly affected by the complicated geopolitical context in which they live. David Rieff says of this work in The New York Times,

“The bravery of the photos in this series is that they show what even funerals do not show: the true horror of war and terrorism. They do so in a way that does not seek to turn the young people portrayed into types or leech them of their beliefs or prejudices — of their human specificity, in other words. To consider them is to be reminded not just of human cruelty and human stupidity but also of human tenacity. I can’t go on, I’ll go on. The words are Samuel Beckett’s, but the wisdom they reflect is the common wisdom of everyone portrayed here, whatever else divides them.”

In 2007, Laub was awarded Aperture’s Emerging Artist Award.  Gillian Laub has received recognition for her multimedia work. “Take Care”, won first place in FotoWeekDC 2011, was a Webby honoree, and named TIME Magazine’s Top Ten Web Videos of 2010. She was recently a finalist for The Arnold Newman Prize for her multimedia piece “Becoming Nikki” – a project about a transgender youth, who transitioned from male to female at the age of 10 with the support of her family. Laub was recently awarded the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship.   She contributes regularly to The New York Times Magazine, TIME Magazine, among many other publications and commissions.  Her work is widely exhibited and collected. She currently lives in New York and is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery.

Gillian Laub’s directorial debut Southern Rites will be premiering on HBO in May 2015.  This documentary feature film explores race in the American South. (http://www.gillianlaub.com/)

Artie Vierkant, Atul Bhalla, Gillian Laub, Photography, TC Colley Lectures

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