Virtual Exhibition: Senior Show Two 2020

Grid of photographs of works by the seniors class of 2020

The Department of Photography & Imaging is excited to announce the virtual launch of SHOW TWO. SHOW TWO is an online exhibition featuring works in photography, digital imaging, and multimedia by 18 graduating seniors from the Class of 2020 in New York University’s Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts. 

The opening of SHOW TWO in the DPI gallery spaces at 721 Broadway will be delayed due to University-wide precautions related to the transmission of COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring all our students are given the chance to exhibit the culmination of their years of hard work. To this end, we have drastically altered our gallery programming schedule to allow SHOW TWO to take place or bleed into the summer months (should this become necessary) to ensure that SHOW TWO gets equitable time in our gallery spaces. 

While we can't say for certain when exactly SHOW TWO will open or close, we are still planning the same fanfare with which we present our other Senior Shows and look forward to scheduling a reception so all the students, family, and DPI community can celebrate our seniors' commitment, vision, and hard work. 

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Exhibiting Artists:

Anna Betts: Due to the rise of social media, young people have become empowered to engage with political issues outside of the traditional realms, providing opportunities for new voices to be heard. Anna Betts’ project Love & Rage: The New Faces of Climate Activism focuses on the young climate activists who are at the forefront of the climate crisis movement and examines the relationship between social media and political activism.

Taylor Bissey: Taylor Bissey’s project Charrería documents Charreada, the forerunner of the American rodeo named developed in Mexico following the civil war to preserve the culture and skills used on haciendas, at the Asociación de Charros de San Antonio, the oldest charros association in the United States.

Sophia Berger de Souza: Sophia Berger de Souza’s project Finding Sophie is an exploration of family and memory. It questions the narrative created for her great-great-grandmother who migrated from Brazil to New York City in 1915, leaving her children and home behind and thus becoming ostracized and excluded from family stories in the following generations.

Nina Dietz: Nina Dietz’s project New York Climate: 2020 is a call to action, documenting the urgent realities of climate change in often ignored regions of New York, in this case Staten Island and Queens. It demonstrates how, even in New York we are wholly unprepared we are to deal with the multifaceted threats of climate change.

Rafik Greiss: Rafik Greiss's project Matter focuses on the different definitions of the word ‘matter’: as substance and as significance. What does it mean to make photographs in an overly saturated image world? We live in an era where the lines between actuality and fabrication are not only blurred, but even the separation of the two are almost meaningless. For prior generations, matter means, for example: a tree outside; For millennials, there is very little space between matter as image and matter as substance. There is a new way of way of understanding reality, one through lens-based practice. What Rafik wants to introduce is the idea of images as a substitute for matter. It is less about particular objects, but more about the enquiry of the objects in one’s life and how they react together. There are no prepackaged deductions, in there lies a truth, but one that must remain unknown to the audience and artists alike.

Karolina Lajch: Karolina Lajch’s Pamiętasz? (Do You Remember?) is an exploration of the reliability of the human memory, specifically the unreliable nature of her own. Through these compositions Lajch creates new memories, or rather, new interpretations of her past, and attests to the murky and layered ways in which memory and artifacts operate.

Wenyu Li: Wenyu Li’s project Miles Away is dedicated to her father’s best friend’s family that has been taking care of her. It is not only a series to show her gratitude but also a project shines light on first/second generation Chinese Immigrants.

Mariel Llano: Mariel Llano’s project Dulzura (Sweetness) documents young women in edible pastry dresses : Swirly pinks, vibrant blues, jams and strawberry fillings… While savory Mexican cooking is dear to many, traditional baked goods are often overlooked, and so by blending Mexican desserts with wearable outfits, you’re invited to discover new ways to experience the sweetly layered culture.

Ellen Li: Ellen Li’s installation folded as they are in homes is a litany for stillness. Fixated upon diaspora, queerness and femininity, it is a plea for the self and all its enumerations.

Gigi Santo Pietro: In Nameless Faces, Gigi Santo Pietro explores New York with her camera, presenting her encounters with people like a souvenir in a city with ever-transforming streets, style, and trends.

Jack Seidenberg: Jack Seidenberg’s Seven Stars is a collection of black and white street photographs of Tokyo, inspired by the isolation and emotional alienation found in Japanese literature.

Erica PalmieriChrysalis is a personal reflection of Erica’s adolescent years.

Ellen Shuan: Ellen Shuan’s project Jackson Heights is a documentary of the people of Jackson Heights, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City to help viewers lead to a richer understanding and connection to the unspoken culture of Jackson Heights.

Fiona Tam: Fiona Tam's project Nightshade defamiliarizes the familiar through the interplay of light, shadow and negative space.

Hao Wang: Hao Wang’s project Caged Freedom through extreme conditions and artistic expression discusses the fundamental value of freedom in human society. It draws the tension between nature and society.

Michelle Wei: Michelle Wei’s project Cycle investigates on the three stages in life repeating one after another, from knowing nothing to a period of conflict, and finally arrive at a stage of realization and peace.

Katerina Voegtle: Katerina Voegtle’s project Fatherland is an umbilical tug-of-war, an untangling and re-tangling of fraught relationships with father and with nation, exploring her own military family to see how the American national subject is created through pop culture mythologies and the family structure.

Yijia Jin: Yijia Jin’s project Every Breath You Take is a visual journal of self-exploration, selfcommunion and self-cure. It narrates a story of the organic body and nature.

Mark Wei: Mark Wei's thesis Déjà Rêvé examines the intersection between already dreamed and reality. 

Xin Yu: Xin Yu's project Things as I Remembered is about the artist's memories, documenting fragments of her life experiences, questioning the truthfulness of memories, and experimenting with how one can relive their memories through images.