Staten Island Unlimited at Alice Austen House Museum
Image above: ©Teresa Kruszewski, Preparing the Lines, 2015,12.5 x 18.7 / Courtesy of Alice Austen House
Image above: ©Monika Piatkiewicz, Opening Night, Top left: Artists in show
The Alice Austen House presented Staten Island Unlimited: The Borough’s First Triennial of Photography on March 12th. Featuring the work of thirty-five photographers, this juried exhibition explores contemporary themes and narratives relating to the borough – work that is often under-represented citywide.
Image above: ©Irma Bohorquez-Geisler, Cipriana and her Daughter, 2011, Silver Gelatin Print, 11 x 14” / Courtesy of Alice Austen House
Thirteen featured artists anchor the show: Irma Bohorquez-Geisler, Melissa Cacciola, Edward Coppola, Divya Gadangi, Maciek Jasik, Teresa Kruszewski, Robin Michals, Imara Moore, Stephen Obisanya, Gareth Smit, Jenna Snyder, Rob Stephenson, and Gale Wisdom. Through photographs made within the past three years, these artists focus on the people and places that make Staten Island a unique part of the city. Black and white photographs by Irma Bohorquez-Geisler document the daily lives of recent Mexican immigrants on Staten Island, a rapidly diversifying borough. Robin Michal’s scenes from Kissam Avenue present post-Superstorm Sandy dismantled landscapes, showing only the remaining foundations where homes once were. Gareth Smit presents a portrait of loss and resilience of the Tompkinsville community in the aftermath of Eric Garner's death. This is the first presentation of this series on Staten Island.
Image above: ©Jenna Snyder, , Jenna, 2015, 10 x 12” / Courtesy of Alice Austen House
A salon-style installation of Staten Island scenes will be on display, featuring the work of: Willie Chu, Luke Crisalli, Lisa Dahl, Anthony DePrimo, Will Ellis, Ericka Hamburg, Kristopher Johnson, Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev, Bruce Katz, Stephen Mallon, Jeff Mason, Kelley McCarthy, Michael McWeeney, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, John Patrick Naughton, Brandon Perdomo, Chad Rachman, Steven Soloway, Evan Spring, Sean Sweeney, Garry Velletri, and Vincent Verdi.
Image above: ©Edward Coppola, Two Shrubs with Diagonal Siding, 2013, 17 x 22” / Courtesy of Alice Austen House
The exhibition includes work from photographers from three boroughs, capturing a variety of perspectives, such as portraits of local rock musicians, images of the suburban and industrial built environment, and scenes from Freshkills Park.
Image above: ©Stephen Obisanya, Untitled, 2015, 8 x 10” / Courtesy of Alice Austen House
Two hundred photographers submitted portfolios in response to an open call issued by theAlice Austen House in December 2015. The final selection of thirty five artists was determined by an expert panel of jurors:James Estrin (Senior Staff Photographer, Lens Blog Co-Editor, The New York Times), Meagan Ziegler Haynes (Senior Producer, VSCO), Elizabeth Renstrom (Photo Editor, Photographer, VICE), and Monica Valenzuela (Deputy Director, Staten Island Arts).
Image above: ©Anthony De Primo, The Open Closet, 2012, 11 x 14” / Courtesy of Alice Austen House
Executive Director, Janice Monger states: “Alice Austen House is proud to establish the photography triennial to showcase the state of contemporary photography on Staten Island. The jurors really responded to the breadth and depth of the work that was entered. The resulting exhibition demonstrates the range of high-quality, compelling photographs being created by Staten Islanders and others looking at the borough.”
Image above: ©Maciek Jasik, Seaview #1, 2015, 24 x 30” / Courtesy of Alice Austen House
The Alice Austen House will present several programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including a series of Triennial Talks on April 10 and May 22 featuring discussions with the artists. For more information about the exhibition and programs, visit: aliceausten.org/statenislandunlimited.