‘TRIBE’ a photographic exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum
'Tribe' is an exhibition of works inspired by the romantic notion of storytelling, and was curated by Lori Vrba, a North Carolina based photographer and curator and runs until Sunday 20 May. 'Tribe' features the work of Kirsten Hoving, Heather Evans Smith, Lori Vrba, Emma Powell, Anne Berry, K.K.DePaul, Heidi Kirkpatrick and Tama Hochbaum.
“Our work is feminine without apology. We are drawn to that romantic notion of story-telling, memory, nostalgia, the natural world and family. As artists, we come together within our medium for inspiration, collaboration, postulation, and celebration. This connection provides a deep well of power that we as makers are strengthened and sustained by. It is our commitment to Tribe that not only elevates the work itself but keeps us moving to the lunar rhythms of a passionate and sensitive creative life.” – Lori Vrba.
Tribe was curated by Lori Vrba, a North Carolina based photographer and curator. She has created a wonderful exhibition in a range of styles and techniques that reflect photography as it is being practiced today.
Heidi Kirkpatrick is a fine art photographer and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Throughout Kirkpatrick's career her work has explored the female figure, family narratives and contemporary issues of being a woman. Kirkpatrick applies film positives onto objects such as vintage children's blocks, books, mah-jong tiles, ashtrays, and tins, creating unique photo objects that take on a new life.
K.K.DePaul is a storyteller who mixes themes surrounding memory and secrets into her photographic work. Her process begins with a collection of elements, cutting them apart and reassembling them into a visual narrative.
Anne Berry is a photographic artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Believing that photography contains the power to evoke empathy, and that caring motivates action, her work centres around children and animals. Through Anne’s photographs they communicate, through feelings rather than language, a nostalgic sense of the loss of this connection and a longing to regain it and nurture it before it is too late.
Emma Powell and Kirsten Hoving
Emma Powell is an assistant professor of art at Colorado College. Powell’s photographic work focuses on fictional narrative. She creates art that visualizes curious scenarios in order to convey a message or feeling instead of a record of a moment. Powell utilises a range of hand-applied photographic emulsions in order to visualize the distance between fantasy and reality, as well as to make prints that appear as objects instead of windows.
Known for imaginative photographs that challenge the boundaries of the photographic medium, Kirsten Hoving’s work has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Having taught art history at Middlebury College for over thirty-five years, she has also curated exhibitions at the College museum and other venues. In addition to her individual photographic practice, between 2014 and 2017 she has collaborated with her daughter, photographer Emma Powell, on the highly acclaimed photographic fairy tale, “Svala’s Saga.”
Heather Evans Smith
Heather Evans Smith is an award winning fine art and conceptual portrait photographer based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Expanding on her previous projects that examine marriage and motherhood, Heather shifts the focus onto to her daughter and her deeply considered photographs explore the emotion of how mothers and daughters are connected and also reflect notions of play, of attachment, of history, and most importantly, of love.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina based photographer Tama Hochbaum has been capturing televised content with her iPhone, in particular films from the 1940s. She organizes her accumulated repertoire of source material into grids and aggregate compositions, printing the digital files onto various materials. The series, which began as homage to her late mother, has evolved into an exploration of generationally stacked media, their correlation with personal memory, and in juxtaposition, the accumulation of shared cultural references. Hochbaum is represented by the George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco.