featuring Stacy Kranitz and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar
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Dates: September 9 – October 29, 2023
Events: Reception, October 19, 2023 5:3opm – 7pm
Photographers Stacy Kranitz and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar use portraiture and landscape photography to explore themes of place and belonging. Working in conversation, these dual
approaches prompt a nuanced dialogue on the geographical forces that inform our identities.
Stacy Kranitz Artist Statement: For the past thirteen years, I have been making photographs in the Appalachian region ofthe United States in order to explore how photography can solidify or de mystify stereotypes, and interpret memory and history in a region where the medium has failed to provide an equitable depiction of its people. Rather than reinforcing conventional views of Appalachia as a poverty-ridden region, or by selectively dwelling on positive aspects of the place and its people to offset problematic stereotypes, this work insists that each of these options are equally problematic ways of looking at place. This work does not attempt to illustrate a certain type of injustice in the hope of remedying it. Instead, I have come to Appalachia to open up a new kind of narrative, one that examines our understanding of culture and place in a manner that is poised between notions of right and wrong.
Stacy Arezou Mehrfar Artist Statement: Stacy Arezou Mehrfar is a first-generation Iranian-American artist living and working in NYC. Mehrfar’s photographs, photobooks, videos, and installations look closely at the symbiotic relationships between the individual and the collective, place and belonging, and memory and narrative