Following juror Alec Soth’s verdict announcement FotoFilmic is pleased to share an in-depth look at the work of SOLO II Exhibition Award Winner Marisa Chafetz, as well as of Runners-Up Jenia Fridlyand & Demetris Koilalous.
WINNER & EXHIBITOR: MARISA CHAFETZ
Alec Soth: foreword on the work of Marisa Chafetz
“Often now we hear that there are too many photographs, that we are buried in them. Growing accustomed to the burden of this accumulation has made it difficult to imagine what photographs we might still need.” Those are the opening sentences from Peter Galassi’s introduction to his seminal 1991 MoMA exhibition, The Pleasure and Terrors of Domestic Comfort. Over a quarter of a century later, this burden has accumulated exponentially. But the most satisfying creative response to this burden remains the same: making pictures with heart.
Marisa Chafetz’s work is a perfect example of the way the cream of emotional connection rises to the top. When looking at her pictures, I forget about the ceaseless digital onslaught and enter a physical space. Her filmic and fleshy pictures pulse with life. They make me remember what it’s like to first fall in love – not just with photography, but with life.
– Alec Soth
FILM TALKS Interview #32: learn more about Marisa’s photographic practice and how juror Alec Soth influences her work by reading our latest interview with her!