Eyakem Gulilat

Collaborative Self

 

March 2nd – April 1st

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2nd 6-9pm

First Friday Video Screening – Jacqueline Bates (info below)

 

Originally from Ethiopia, Eyakem Gulilat’s work is rooted in a quest for belonging. Focusing on the complexities of cross-cultural encounter, Gulilat challenges perceptions of time, memory, and place. His photography questions the differences between subject and photographer; the borders that distinguish us from one another; and the ways our perceptions shift when we view each other through the camera’s lens.

After obtaining his MFA from the University of Oklahoma, Gulilat was selected as an artist in residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. Gulilat has won several awards including the Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship and the National Photography Fellowship Competition at Midwest Center for Photography. He has exhibited across the U.S and Canada; his work is in private and public collections. Currently Gulilat is an adjunct professor of Photoshop for Media at the University of Central Oklahoma.

 

“Photography has been used as a primary tool to document the American West as early as the 19th century; I am using this century old method to explore my presence in America as a “newcomer.” As an Ethiopian Immigrant residing in Oklahoma I choose to explore the landscape its inhabitants and my own Ethiopian identity. The result is a collaborative triptych which blurs the boundaries between American and Ethiopian, photographer and subject.

I extend my Ethiopian identity by inviting my subjects to dress in traditional Ethiopian clothing. The clothing is a metaphor for the exchange of ideas. Not only am I introducing my subjects to a critical component of Ethiopian heritage, but I am also challenging the viewer’s expectations of what it means to be Ethiopian.

This project allows me to write myself into the history of the American landscape, but more importantly, this project questions the boundaries that separate us from one another.”

 

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Jacqueline Bates – So Near the Ionian Sea

So
 Near 
the 
Ionian 
Sea
 is 
 a
 video 
triptych 
which 
continues
 the
themes 
explored 
in
 my
 photographic
 series, 
La
 Vita 
Americana.
The
13‐minute 
piece
 is
 non‐linear,
 combining 
color 
and 
black‐and‐white 
imagery 
and 
weaving 
past 
and 
present,
 dreams
 and
 reality.
Time 
is 
indeterminate. 
Inspired 
by 
The 
Mirror, 
Andrei
 Tarkovsky’s
poetic,
 stream‐of‐consciousness 
film, 
the 
piece 
blends
 sequences
 evoking 
 a
mysterious 
search, 
drawing 
upon
 appropriated 
moments
from 
Italian
 cinema
 and 
original 
imagery 
captured 
both 
in 
the 
United 
States 
and 
in 
the 
small,
 ancient 
town
 of 
Noepoli, 
in 
the
Basilicata
 region 
of 
Southern 
Italy.

New York City-based photographer Jacqueline Bates was born in Mount Kisco, New York, in 1981 and raised in Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004 and Master of Fine Arts in 2009, both in photography, from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in New York City, Chicago, Portland, Colorado, and Vancouver. In addition to taking pictures, Bates also works in magazine publishing as a photography editor.

[Visit Her Website]

This video will be presented from 6-9pm on Friday March 2nd.