Beyond Her Frame
Curator: Birdie Piccininni
Artists: Hannah Bates, Amanda Elam, and Victoria Fornieles
Opening Reception: Friday, March 17, 6:30- 9:00pm
March 16 - March 24, 2017
CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, weekends by appointment
CP Projects Space at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present Beyond Her Frame, curated by MA Curatorial Practice fellow Birdie Piccininni. Beyond Her Frame introduces emerging, female photographers who are revolutionizing the process, product and perception of their artistic medium. Featured artists Hannah Bates, Amanda Elam and Victoria Fornieles pursue issues of the female body and its place, mental illness and truth’s illusions with works that defy the framework of photography—let alone a frame. In an obstinately male-dominated field, these women demonstrate the power and perspective of the female lens with ingenuity and elan.
Bates challenges photography’s assumed authenticity by using life-size photographs of the “real world” to reconstruct reality within her studio. Elam’s illuminated portrait cubes portray a physical and mental confrontation with the psychological space of emotional intricacies. Fornieles presses the female form onto cultural landscapes by tearing, licking and biting her prints, while processing, exonerating imperfection and expanding the physicality of photography. The shared, sculptural quality of their works commandeers the gallery space and upends traditional perceptions of an image, as well as female presence. All three artists imbue their art with a subtle strength, playful curiosity and abiding conviction.
Image Credit: Amanda Elam, detail from Artwork Disquietude, 18”x24”, X-Ray Film with Ink, Image Courtesy of the Artist.