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FORECAST 2019: SF Camerawork Annual Survey Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: June 27 - August 17, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6 - 8 PM
Juror Walkthrough: Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6 - 8 PM

PRESS RELEASE

SF Camerawork is pleased to announce the selected artists for Forecast 2019: SF Camerawork Annual Survey Exhibition. Each year SF Camerawork invites an esteemed jury to curate its annual survey exhibition This year’s jurors Beryl Bevilacque (Artist Liaison, Jessica Silverman Gallery), Samantha Cooper (Photo Editor, Wired Magazine), and Erica Deeman (Artist) selected the work of 13 photographers from over 200 entries.

SELECTED ARTISTS

Adrian Burrell (Juror’s Choice Award)
Johnnie Chatman
Nathan Cordova
Salome El
Keko Jackson
Brendon Kahn
Vikesh Kapoor
Kristina Knipe
Desiree Rios
Sophia Schultz Rocha
Chanell Stone
Adrian Octavius Walker
Aaron Wax

This year, SF Camerawork is also proud to present the Juror’s Choice Award of $1,000 to Adrian Burrell. Oakland-based photographer Adrian Burrell focuses on notions of kinship, diasporic narratives, and the gap between place and belonging. His series Mama’s Babies traces his family’s history through slavery, the Great Migration, the crack era, and the current displacement of Black people in Oakland through gentrification.


ARTIST BIOS

ADRIAN BURRELL (Oakland, CA)
Adrian Burrell’s work focuses on notions of kinship, diasporic narratives, and the gap between place and belonging. His series Mama’s Babies traces his family’s history through slavery, the Great Migration, the crack era, and the current displacement of Black people in Oakland through gentrification.

JOHNNIE CHATMAN (New York, NY)
In his series I Forgot Where We Were...Johnnie Chatman explores the ambiguity and multiplicity of blackness.  Using idioms of the West and western landscape photography as allegorical elements, the work facilitates a conversation as it reconfigures itself against media, historical, and transglobal narratives. 

NATHAN CORDOVA (Oakland, CA)
Nathan Cordova’s series One Man’s Body questions the legacies of Spanish colonialism, Catholic patriarchy, Manifest Destiny, and white-supremacy as well as the impact of these forces on his family and the American southwest. His images make visual these lasting legacies in order to deconstruct dominant cultural narratives and facilitate intergenerational healing.  

SALOME EL (Berkeley, CA)
In her series Myself and I, Salome El explores the duality of one’s self and the ego.  Through portraiture, Salome El explores inner thoughts and battles to create a bridge between past, present, and future selves.

KEKO JACKSON (San Francisco, CA)
Keko Jackson’s series The Nature of Imperialism depicts the imperialistic tendencies of strangler fig trees, and captures the spirit of sovereignty and the attitude of survival that exists in nature.

BRENDON KAHN (Berkeley, CA)
Brendon Kahn’s series You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth explores the manufactured channels of both sincerity and unsettling moments found in today’s reality.  These uncomfortable forms of excess, desire, and hope simultaneously bring people together and increasingly separate them from one another.

VIKESH KAPOOR (Los Angeles, CA)
Vikesh Kapoor’s series See You At Home is a personal narrative that centers on family, memory, and the myth and melancholy surrounding the American Dream. See You At Home tells the story of Vikesh’s parents, who immigrated to Pennsylvania from India in 1977.

KRISTINA KNIPE (New Orleans, LA)
In her ongoing body of work, Talisman, Kristina Knipe creates tableaus that explore the intersection of portraiture and performance.

DESIREE RIOS (Bronx, NY)
Desiree Rios is a Mexican-American photojournalist and documentary photographer from Fort Worth, Texas. Her series Bendiciones is an exploration of identity and culture as a second generation, Latinx woman growing up in a female dominated Mexican-American family.

SOPHIA SCHULTZ ROCHA (Oakland, CA)
Sophia Schultz Rocha is a Colombian-American interdisciplinary artist, photographer, filmmaker, and activist. Her photographs situate women and non-binary people of color within the natural environment to explore themes of self-nurturance and healing.

CHANELL STONE (Oakland, CA)
Chanell Stone’s artistic practice is invested in challenging insular views of Blackness by expanding on narratives subject to Black erasure. In her series Natura Negra, Chanell Stone explores the re-naturing of the Black body to the American landscape.  She specifically focuses on the Black body’s presence within urban “forests” as an effort to reclaim and reconnect with nature within the confines of the man-made environment.

ADRIAN OCTAVIUS WALKER (Oakland, CA)
Adrian Walker’s work We Matter explores Black American beauty traditions among Black Men, and seeks to expand notions of blackness by challenging the American socialization of black men.

AARON WAX (Brooklyn, NY)
Aaron Wax’s series Naturalization explores the life of Aaron’s grandfather, a polish Jew who immigrated to the United States before the Second World War.  Aaron constructs a reimagined narrative of his grandfather’s life by creating images from his grandfather’s saved objects, photographs, and documents.