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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Silver Eye Center for Photograph>Fellowship 16 Winners Announced: Ka-Man Tse and Aaron Blum (Pittsburgh,PA)
Fellowship 16 International Photography Competition Winners Announced
International Award: Ka-Man Tse
Keystone Award: Aaron Blum
Exhibition: January 29 - April 2, 2016
Silver Eye Center for Photography is pleased to announce that Ka-Man Tse and Aaron Blum are the winners of the Fellowship 16 International Photography Competition.
The award winners were selected from 187 applications from 14 countries
around the world. This year's juror was Jon Feinstein, Co-Founder,
Humble Arts Foundation.
portfolios of Ka-Man Tse and Aaron Blum are scheduled to be on view at
Silver Eye Center for Photography from January 29 through April 2, 2016,
with an opening reception to take place on Friday, January 29 from 6:00
- 9:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
International Award winner Ka-Man Tse (Brooklyn, NY) showcases her series Narrow Distances,
which seeks to draw connections between LGBT culture and the Asian
Pacific Islander community, as well as Tse's own ongoing exploration of
home, identity, and isolation as someone who was born in Hong Kong and
raised in the United States. Tse's images, a mix of portraiture with the
crowded, yet intimate, backdrop of Hong Kong, allow her subjects to be
seen and express their own identity within a culture of silence and
Keystone Award winner Aaron Blum (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases A Guide To Folk Taxonomy,
which explores the mysteries of Appalachia, a cultural region that
spans the southern regions of the Appalachian Mountains, through a
series of images that are haunting, but beautiful. Blum, a lifetime
Appalachian resident, uses his own experience to create a personal
folklore for the region through "folk taxonomy," a self-made dialect
used to describe the culture and surroundings of a particular community.
This type of language, expressed visually in Blum's images, helps to
sustain those regional identities now and for future generations about
what it means to be Appalachian.
"Ka-Man Tse and Aaron
Blum each offer a unique eye into communities that are often
stereotyped, or underrepresented by popular media, and how these
communities balance tradition and the modern world.
While Tse's portraits
and landscapes offer a queer lens to understanding LGBT culture and
identity in contemporary Hong Kong, Blum's portraits, landscapes, and
quiet ephemera look at the intergenerational symbols and mythologies of
Appalachia far from the visual tourism one might expect.
Shooting with large
format film, each photographer makes images that steer clear of
traditional documentary practices, offering a layered, complex, and
-- Jon Feinstein, juror
Juror's Commendations have
been awarded to the following five photographers for their exceptional
portfolios: Alexandra Lethbridge (Southampton, UK); Rory Mulligan
(Hastings-on-Hudson, NY); Lida Suchy (Syracuse, NY); Leonard Suryajaya
(Chicago, IL); and Paul Thulin (Richmond, VA).
For more information on the Fellowship 16 winners and exhibition, please visit our website.