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Doors Mirrors Windows at School of Visual Arts
Emily Swanson.

NEW YORK.- The School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Doors Mirrors Windows,” a group photography exhibition exploring a variety of contemporary approaches to the medium. Ranging from realist to conceptual, the exhibition explores photography as a tool for documentation, self-expression and intellectual inquiry. Curated by Richard Brooks, assistant director of student galleries, the artists include Rachel Alban, Jee Hui Chang, Tania Fernandez, Sharon Goldberg, Hyo-Jung Ha, Jenny Herbert, Bartek Kraciuk, Alejandra Laviada, Cesar Lechowick, Emily Swanson, Julia Swyers and Jeongmee Yoon.

Using photographs from popular magazines, Rachel Alban assembles intricate mosaic-like collages that create a new context for her found imagery. Alban is a current student in the MPS Art Therapy Department.

Jee Hui Chang’s photographs document her performance-art pieces, which focus on seemingly opposed subjects such as abstinence and craving and male and female. Her performances feature costumes designed to function as a middle ground between these polarities. Chang is a current student in the MFA Fine Arts Department.

Tania Fernandez and Cesar Lechowick have collaborated to examine gender roles within distinct social environments. Fernandez explores how the popular concept of femininity manifests itself through a Puerto Rican finishing school. Her images dismantle the school’s artificial process of transformation, revealing a system of conventional female representation.

Lechowick’s photographs of a long-standing Texas coronation compare the real-world image of upper-class women to their own expectations of how they should appear. His pictures of mothers and daughters refer to an esoteric rite of passage in which female stereotypes are taken to surreal extremes. Fernandez and Lechowick are current students in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department.

Sharon Goldberg photographs domestic spaces to create a portrait of the person living there. Revealing flashes of personality show through in the paintings, family albums or just-made beds that inhabit the space. Goldberg is a current student in the BFA Photography Department.

Photographed in a snapshot, documentary style, Hyo-Jung Ha’s black-and-white boxing gym photographs capture the audience in unguarded moments. Her works propose that the audience is potentially more interesting than the event they are viewing. Ha is a current student in the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department.

Jenny Herbert’s color photographs show children she worked with while volunteering in Uganda as an art therapist. Her simple yet elegant compositions underscore the subject’s direct and unguarded spirit. Herbert is a current student in the MPS Art Therapy Department.

Bartek Kraciuk turns the photograph into a sculptural object: he mounts a four-inch-thick layer of clear Plexiglass on his print to create an enigmatic layer between the image and the viewer. Kraciuk is a current student in the BFA Photography Department.

Using vintage fashion and automobiles, Alejandra Laviada photographs herself in staged situations to explore fetishism and identity. By portraying identity as a masquerade, her work questions how stereotypes define social roles. Laviada is a current student in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department.

In elegant and classical compositions, Emily Swanson’s color photographs portray the rituals of ballet. Focusing on backstage activities, objects and gestures, she finds the extraordinary in the commonplace. Swanson is a current student in the BFA Photography Department.

By inverting the lens on her square-format Kodak Brownie camera, Julia Swyers creates soft- focus landscape photographs. The painterly quality of her blurred contours and subtle tones lend a timeless mystery to her pictures. Swyers is a current student in the BFA Photography Department.

Jeongmee Yoon photographs children in their home environments, focusing on their toys and accessories. Her work reveals hidden aspects of a global consumer culture, examining how mass production affects ethnic cultures and assigns gender roles. Yoon is a current student in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department.

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