The SACI MFA in Photography Graduate Exhibition, the inaugural exhibition of the SACI New York Gallery, opens May 3rd in the Chelsea arts district.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 3 from 6:00-8:00pm
ON VIEW: May 3 – June 1, 2018
454 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011-3802, United States
Opening Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00 pm, the SACI MFA in Photography Graduate Exhibition is the inaugural exhibition of the new SACI gallery space in the Chelsea district of New York City. The exhibition features selected works by Cocoa Laney and Margareta Sköld, 2018 graduates of the MFA in Photography program at SACI. Join us for the opening or visit the gallery throughout the month of May to see the works.
If you plan to attend, RSVP to SACI New York Gallery. Please include your name and the number of persons in your party.
Learn more about the MFA in Photography program at SACI.
Attesa is a long-term documentary project focusing on a centro d’accoglienza straordinaria (center for temporary assistance) that accommodates migrants as they apply to remain in Italy legally. The process is often long and unpredictable and many applications are denied, but all one can do is wait. During this period of uncertainty, this isolated house in rural Tuscany is home to around twenty young men from central Africa, each bringing a different culture, background, language, and story.
Cocoa Laney is a documentary photographer from Huntsville, Alabama, whose work at SACI has largely focused on social themes, language, and communication. She has a love for storytelling with both images and words; in fact, she considers photography to be her second language, while Italian is becoming her third.
The project brings together several dimensions of Margareta’s previous work that developed the notions of fragmentation, memories, and change. In this project, she uses black and white photographs from the late 1940s taken by her father, and combines them with her own photographs of torn posters. By bringing the past to the present through fragments and layers, the work evokes a sense of memory, one that is not always precise and that does not always have clear boundaries. The effect of time on the posters and the visual dialogue between the past and the present also reflects the notion of connectedness in the impermanence of life.
Margareta Sköld, from Sweden, holds an M.Sc in Health Policy and Planning from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/London School of Economics. Following a long career in International Health, during which she traveled extensively and lived in several different countries, she decided to pursue her strong interest in photography. During her two years at SACI, led by intuition and a spirit of discovery, she has explored in depth her visual expression and creativity. In this process, she has used analogue and digital photography as well as alternative photographic printing techniques.