Home is both the place you live and the place where you used to live. It is your family and your neighborhood and your city. You may look forward to going home all day long, or even when you haven’t been there in years, you still may have no plans to visit. Home is a complicated place.
The seven artists in this exhibition use photography to explore different notions about home as a physical place with deep emotional connections. In doing so they show us an extraordinary range of feelings toward home: tenderness, anxiety, love, and heartache. Perhaps photography is the ideal medium to express these feelings about home because of its ability to depict complicated things, in the most straightforward way, like a family portrait.
The exhibition is organized by David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, and Dylan Vitone, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, and Silver Eye board member.
Fellowship 15: Projects by Christopher Meerdo & Matthew Conboy features solo exhibitions from our International Award and Keystone Award winners, selected from an open call for entries in mid-2014.
International Award winner Christopher Meerdo (Chicago, IL) showcases work from his projects Iceland and Cataphote, which explores notions of paranoia, entropy, and memorial through use of data processing, photography, installation, and moving images. Meerdo’s photographs ask the view to challenge their own ideas of objective awareness by altering the given landscape in dreamlike ways.
Keystone Award winner Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, which documents a surreal 88-acre skate park located in rural southeast Ohio. Skatopia functions as a pilgrimage site for skaters from around the world, a refuge for young people looking for direction in their lives, and an anarchist commune. Through his photographs, Conboy wished to turn his camera away from the skaters, and instead search for the narrative threads that link the unique individuals portrayed in his images to each other and to the physical and cultural landscapes of southeast Ohio.
Now in its 15th year, Fellowship, our international photography competition, recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.
This year's juror is Allison Grant, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.