SPACE: Behind Our Scenes, Opens November 8, 2013 at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of the photographic exhibition Behind Our Scenes at SPACE in the Cultural District. Guest curated by Jen Saffron, the exhibition features works by five photographic artists exploring the relationship between the two-dimensional form and physical space through photographic installations and constructions. The exhibition is on view November 8, 2013-January 26, 2014.
"This conceptual exhibition of photography explores the fundamental relationship of what cameras really do, which is translate the three-dimensional world into something flat, a two-dimensional world," says exhibition curator Jen Saffron. "Each photographer explores the tension between the built landscape and flatness through their installations, videos, and photography."
Jen Saffron is a photographer and writer primarily focused on contemporary issues in documentary photography, exhibiting her own work, teaching, and curating exhibitions in both the United States and abroad. Saffron is the director of communications for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, currently teaches documentary photography at Grove City College (formerly at the University of Pittsburgh's Film Studies Program), and writes for Afterimage. She earned a BFA in fine art from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in photography from Bard College.
Nancy Andrews is an award winning journalist and the managing editor for the Detroit Free Press. She is a former staff photographer of 10 years for the Washington Post, covering the salient issues of our time. She was the White House Photographer of the Year in 1998, and she was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the University of Missouri and the National Press Photographers' Association in 1997. Andrews is a published author of two books, "Family: a Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America" (1994) and "Partial View: an Alzheimer's Journal" (1998). Andrews is married to photographer Annie O'Neill.
Leo Hsu's interests surround the intersection of documentary and fine art photography in contemporary photographic practice. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine Fraction, an independent curator whose projects include HomeFrontLine: Reflections on 10 Years of War Since 9/11, and a former news photographer. Hsu holds a PhD in anthropology from New York University, where his dissertation Hacking Development: How Geeks Do Good in the Digital Age explored nonprofit development organizations formed by technology experts at the end of the 20th century. Hsu is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.