EVENTS

UNCONSCIOUS LENS

Curated by Roya Sachs

Aug 27, 2014 - Aug 30, 2014

Alison Nguyen
Anh Thuy Nguyen
Gabriele Giugni
Mike Fernandez
Najib Aschrafzai
Rosanna Bach

Alison Nguyen

Born                Wilmington, Delaware (1986)

Currently        Lives and works in New York

 

Alison Nguyen is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses primarily on the conceptual  relationships between photography, narrative form, and memory. She uses tangible, temporal, and unpredictable materials, such as plastic cameras, pinholes, and emulsion, to explore what Walter Benjamin termed as the“optical unconscious.” Shooting much of her work intuitively with inUcamera, overlapping exposures, Nguyen treats the entire film negative as an image, constantly reconfiguring and abstracting experience. She attended Brown University, where she combined her B.A. in Literary Arts (2009) with art classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has received grants and fully-funded residencies from New York Community Trust, The Flux Factory, Nikon, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Mensa, The New Mexico School of Poetics, and Brown University. Image publications include: Shots, The Wild Magazine, The New York Times, and La Petite Zine. Alison Nguyen is based in Brooklyn, where she combines her artistic practice with production design/art direction for film and photography.


Anh Thuy Nguyen

Born                Hanoi, Vietnam (1993)

Currently        Lives and works in Vietnam

 

Nguyen is a Fine-Art Photographer from Viet Nam. Her photography is heavily influenced by the idea of internal experiences, distancing oneself from reality and into the visceral realm of dreams. She is interested in the revelation of ones identity from ones subconscious pulling inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. As she is completing her degree at DePauw University, she is involved in several art programs in New York such as Teaching Assistant at ICP and an Internship at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has exhibited several times at DePauw University Annual Juried Shows, Low Road Galleries Annual Juried Shows as well as the New Yorks Arts Program’s Art Show in the past years. She was awarded the President’s Award of Excellence and Efroymson Fellowship Grant for her academic achievement and her innovative works.


Gabriele Giugni

Born                Rome, Italy (1980)

Currently        Lives and works between New York and Rome

 

The Italian born photographer experiments with light boxes and projection installations. Through his extensive travels, he has grown very interested in the journeys, paths and movements that unconsciously indentify us. He received a BA from John Cabot University in Rome, a Masters in Human Rights from LUISS University and a degree from ICP in New York. He has had solo exhibitions in a large variety of galleries and institutions across the world, including the Museum of Montalcino, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Museum of Contemporary Art DonnaRegina, Galleria dell Orologio, Galleria Martadro Cochabamba, Galleria Nota and Galleria Pino, amongst many others. His group shows include the 54th Venice Biannual, Scope Art (Art Basel), Museo Laboratorio Arte Contempornea, and the Chelsea Art Museum.


Mike Fernandez

Born                Lima, Peru (1985)

Currently        Lives and works in New York

 

Video artist and photographer Mike Fernandez was born in Lima, Peru. He is interested in the similarities between human and animal behaviour in recognizing objects, events and relationships. He is an ICP graduate in documentary and photojournalism. He has taught traditional black & white photography at Pratt Institute and collaborated with the NY Theatre Workshop, HERE Arts Center and Ontological Theatre in multiUchannel video installations. He is currently an art assistant and video editor at the environmental magazine Audubon. His new book In the Reading Room will be published this fall. 


Najib Aschrafzai

Born                Caboul, Afghanistan (1968)

Currently        Lives and works in New York

 

Afghani born experimental photographer Najib S. Aschrafzai received his BA from Hunter College, City University of New York in 1996, and studied photography at Brooklyn College and City University of New York. He utilizes the analogue and alternative process of photography as a visual metaphor of his own identity. He is interested in the spontaneity of our emotions in reflecting our conscious and unconscious state of mind. Over the last decade, his work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in New York, including Contemporary Art Space, M55 Gallery, and Boylan Hall Gallery. He has also had numerous publications in Town &Country. The New York based artist is currently a Teaching Assistant at the International Center of Photography.


Rosanna Bach

Born                Geneva, Switzerland (1990)

Currently        Lives and works in New York

 

The New York based Swiss born artist graduated from the Documentary and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography in 2013. Rosanna enjoys process art. She uses analogue photography, but is not confined to the frames of the viewfinder as she experiments with an array of mediums. Her work is stunningly subtle in its presentation, but rich in its depth and dreamUlike definitions. She is interested in the dual connection of nature and the human body, two coUexistent worlds that seem to never touch. She has exhibited in New York, Miami, and London, including Gerson Zevi Gallery, Create Collect Miami Basel, and The Exit Room, amongst others. Her publications range from Juxtapoz, Brooklyn Street Art, to Le Guide de L’Art Contemporai Urbain( and Suitcase. She recently attended a fullyUfunded residency on Gerson Zevi’s Land Art Road Trip, and also was nominated to attend the prestigious Lookbetween Workshop.