“Transcultural Identities” + “Pierre Gonnord: Portraits” at Welch

Transcultural Identities, an exhibition featuring photographic work by six internationally recognized artists, will be on view from February 17 through March 18 at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Galleries at Georgia State University.

Exhibiting artists are: Chuy Benitez, Sylvia de Swaan Tatiana Fiodorova, Priya Kambli, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, and Wendy Phillips.

The public is invited to an afternoon of gallery talks with Chuy Benitez, Sylvia de Swaan Priya Kambli, and Wendy Phillips on Thursday, March 10, from noon until 3:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow from 3:30 until 6:00 p.m.

Curated by Welch School Galleries Director Cynthia Farnell, Transcultural Identities addresses the effects of human migration, displacement and global commerce on the formation of collective and individual identities. The artists use lens-based images to explore multifaceted (and sometimes conflicting) identities within themselves and their communities.

Farnell says, “In a large part we form our perception of self through identification with our communities. Whether these relationships are familial, cultural, geographical, political or economic, at some point we have all had the experience of reconciling our different selves with our diverse communities. The more we can empathize with this process in the lives of others, the more we will be able to create healthy and peaceful communities in our globalized world. Transcultural Identities is an exploration of this process through the common ground of the photographic image.”

Transcultural Identities is supported in part by the Consulate General of Mexico to Atlanta and the GSU Student Activities Fund.

Pierre Gonnord: Portraits is a selection of striking large-scale color photographs imbued with dramatic painterly light and burnished palette that lends to the dignified subjects a timeless air. Pierre Gonnord is a French photographer living and working in Spain whose subjects are often individuals from marginalized communities.

Gonnord says of his working methods, “I choose my contemporaries in the anonymity of the big cities because their faces, under the skin, narrate unique, remarkable stories about our era. Sometimes hostile, almost always fragile and very often wounded behind the opacity of their masks, they represent specific social realities and, sometimes, another concept of beauty. I also try to approach the unclassifiable, timeless individual, to suggest things that have been repeated over and over since time began. I would like to encourage crossing a border. The history of the last few decades in the West, immigration, migrations, rural exodus, the feminist movement, the sexual revolution, economic crisis, the age of communication, globalization… all this has profoundly contributed to modifying mentalities and lifestyles to the point of severing the social fabric.

I search in the meeting points of the urban scene: streets, squares, cafes, stations, universities… then further still, in the peripheral districts, places so isolated from the world, and in more marginal settings such as prisons, hospitals, social shelters, rehabilitation centers, monasteries, or circuses. Because our society is there, as well…”

Pierre Gonnord: Portraits is supported in part by the Consulate General of France to Atlanta and the GSU Student Activities Fund.

All gallery programs are free and open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.

Artist Gallery Talks: Thursday, March 10, 12-3:30 p.m. followed by a reception 3:30-6 p.m.

Welch School Galleries
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta GA 30303
(404) 413-5230

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