FotoFilmic’14 Exhibition Jurors bios
MARK STEINMETZ, ATHENS, GEORGIA, USA
Mark Steinmetz is a photographer residing in Athens, Georgia (USA). Six books encompassing a large selection of his work have been published by Nazraeli Press (Portland, OR): South Central, South East, Greater Atlanta, Summertime, Italia, and just recently Paris in my time. Nazraeli will also publish an additional volume focusing on little league baseball in 2015 titlted The Players. Another book about his parents, Philip and Micheline, was published by TBW Books (Oakland, CA) in 2011 along with two other limited edition books from Silas Finch (New York), idyll (with Raymond Meeks) and pastoral that same year. Steinmetz’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and others. Mark has taught photography at Harvard University, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emory University, and The University of Hartford. Steinmetz is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Pamela Schoenberg, the owner and director of dnj Gallery, has been active in the art world for over 25 years. After receiving her BFA in both History and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, she then graduated with her MFA in Studio Art/Photography from Mills College in Oakland, California. She studied with Joe Deal and Catherine Wagner consecutively. Schoenberg pursued and exhibited her photography for more than fifteen years before opening dnj Gallery. After graduate school, she lived in Jerusalem and was commissioned to photograph the immigration and acculturation of the Ethiopian Jews. In 1998, she received the “Artist-In-The-Community” grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Schoenberg has also been involved with many Los Angeles institutions including Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery where she worked for the education department and developed numerous elementary school programs. During this time, she published an essay for Museum Education of Southern California (MESC) at the 1996 annual conference. Then at the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, she assisted in organizing exhibitions, educational workshops and grant writing. She has also worked in museum education and taught workshops at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Skirball Cultural Center and The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA, MONTERREY, NUEVA LEON, MEXICO
Alejandro lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues in the Latin- American region. His work has been exhibited internationally in festivals like CONTACT in Toronto Canada, The FIF in Belo Horizonte Brazil, GuatePhoto festival in Guatemala City, FOTOFEST in Houston Texas, the PHOTOIMAGEN festival in Dominican Republic and UNSEEN by FOAM in Amsterdam among others. Alejandro’s work has been published internationally in magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Independent, the New York Times Lens blog, Nowness, Domus, Domus Mexico, the Financial Times, View, the Guardian, Stern, PDN, the New Yorker, Monocle and Wallpaper among others. His book Suburbia Mexicana was published by Photolucida and Daylight books in 2011. He has received the Photolucida Critical Mass book award, the Lente Latino award in Chile, the Premio Salon de la Fotografia from the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon in Mexico, the Premio IILA-Fotografia 2012 award in Rome, the Street Photography Award in London and a POYi reportage award of excellence among other awards. He has been named a FOAM magazine Talent and one of PDN´s magazine 30 emerging photographers. He has also been a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio award, the Photoespaña Descubrimientos award, the FOAM Paul Huff award and has been nominated for the CENTER Santa Fe photography prize. His work is in many private and public collections including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Portland Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio, Brazil, the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey Mexico, The University of Maine collection and the Fototeca Nacional in Pachuca, Mexico. He is currently represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto Canada, Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles and Galería Patricia Conde in México City.
NATHALIE DAOUST, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
Nathalie Daoust was born in Montreal, Canada. She studied photography at the Cegep du Vieux Montreal between 1994 and 1997. In 1999 she emerged with her first solo exhibition, a series of portraits capturing the uniquely themed rooms of the Carlton Arms Hotel in New York. The exhibition was published into her first book New York Hotel Story. Since then she has traveled the world seeking the unknown and searching for the light within the shadows. From a brothel in Brazil (Street Kiss), to a ‘love hotel’ in Tokyo (Tokyo Love Hotel), to the perpetual landscape of the Swiss Alps (Frozen in Time) and the pre-war interiors of Berlin (Entre Quatre Murs), her work seeks out the refugees of the modern world. Despite the conceptual aspect of her work the subtext of her photographs is often socially, politically and historically driven. Concentrating on notions of identity, gender stereotyping, femininity, human sexuality and subversion, her highly themed work neither condones nor condemns. Instead she is concerned with breaking down pre-conceived notions to reveal that which is unseen and illusive. Working within a portrait format, she endeavors to capture her subjects truthfully in their natural settings. Daoust believes the portrait lies at the very heart of living culture; they are a comment on the condition of modern man. Her non-judgmental approach has enabled her to forge strong links with her subjects, gaining access to explore and document otherwise veiled existences. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and published internationally and were awarded numerous prizes. (Gerrit Sievert photo credit)
AGLAE BORY – PARIS, FRANCE
Aglaé Bory has been living and working in Paris, France for 15 years since graduating from the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie in Arles and studying art history at the Université d’Aix-En-Provence. As a Paris-based fine art and editorial photographer, Aglaé often receives press assignments from national publications such as Libération, Le Monde, Les Inrockuptibles, L’Equipe or Psychologie Magazine. Halfway between documentary and fiction, her artistic work questions the representation of the human figure through portraiture, self-portraiture and the landscape. Photography reveals, uncover, shows and settles. In photographing Aglaé Bory seeks to address the invisible, to unhide the hidden while fixing the transient. Her photographic approach involves a literary depth where images replace words as saying rather storytelling. Her work has been presented in many French and international festivals (Bourse du Talent, Voies Off, Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise, Terry O’Neil Awards) and was exhibited in both solo and group form in numerous prestigious galleries including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), the Galerie du Château d’Eau (Toulouse) and Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert. Her series Corrélations was awarded many prizes (KL Photo Awards, Bourse du Talent), joined the Bibliothèque Nationale de France photographic collection in 2010 and was published by the Trans Photographic Press in 2011. Aglaé also belongs to the photographic collective France(s) Territoire Liquide re-exploring the French landscape for the past two years through her series Au loin, nos paysages. Her next project Regards Posés sur les Hammams de Tunis is sponsored by Tunis’ Centre de l’Image in Tunisia and will focus on Bathing Women.
ANNE LASS – BERLIN, GERMANY
Anne Lass was born in the northern part of Germany. In her photographic works, she investigates different aspects of human living space in the beginning of our 21st century. Especially in the urban cityscapes, she finds conflict areas that influence her images: conflicts of functionalism and individual development, the association with nature, the concourse of construction and vastness and, last but not least, to human interaction.She obtained a Diplom degree in Documentary Photography from the Folkwang School of Design (Essen, Germany) in spring 2007. Her work has since been exhibited widely in Europe, Australia and Northern America, such as at C/O Berlin, GrazMuseum, Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney) and Museum Fotografia Contemporanea (Milano). Her works have been included in publications such as Hijacked, 1814 Magazine, Nowness, Camera Austria amongst others. Her own publications include Milwaukee Avenue (self published, 2005), In Unserer Zeit (Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009) and Wandeln (Photographia Borealis, 2010). She has been awarded with prizes such as Epson Art Photo Award (2006, 2007), Canon Profifoto Förderpreis (2008), C/O Berlins Talent Award (2009) and was nominated for Plat(t)form Winterthur in 2012. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Europe, such as C/O Berlin, Stadtmuseum Schleswig and Statens Kunstfond, Denmark. Anne Lass currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.