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For Immediate Release

THE HALIDE PROJECT PRESENTS CONTEMPORARY HANDCRAFTED PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Halide Project is pleased to present the handcrafted photographic work of Marina Berio, Jackie Neale, Carla Shapiro, and Living Image 2018 grand prize winner Caitlyn Soldan in THP’s fourth annual small group invitational exhibition, Storied Forms, opening Saturday, April 6th.

The artists in Storied Forms depict the human body utilizing a variety of photographic processes and styles to express concepts in a manner that encourages viewers to emotionally connect with the work, explore their individual reactions to it, and delve into the deeper meaning behind the ideas put forth by the artists. These artists provide a conceptual or emotional starting point from which viewers can embark upon their own personal journeys, create their own narratives, and form connections between themselves, the artists, the subjects, and humanity.

Storied Forms will be on view in The Halide Project gallery located at 1627 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia, where THP holds photographic workshops and is developing a new community darkroom public workspace. Open gallery hours will be Thursdays through Sundays from 1pm to 5pm, or by appointment through May 19th. Opening weekend events include a soft preview during First Friday, April 5th, 5-9pm and an opening reception and Saturday, April 6th, 5-9pm, with a gallery talk at 6:30pm and refreshments sponsored by Castellino’s Italian Market and Moore Brothers Wine Company.

Support for Storied Forms is provided by the Penn Treaty Special Services District and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

A program of educational events offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Find a full calendar of events and registration at www.thehalideproject.org/events.

 

ABOUT THE ARTWORKS

Marina Berio has what she describes as an “almost alchemical belief in the meaning that is contained in physical materials.” In her series Family Matter, Berio incorporates her own blood into the gum bichromate process to create abstracted images of the male members of her family. By doing so, she implicates herself in her subjects’ behaviors, which are simultaneously “profoundly foreign” to her and fascinating in the way that they blur the lines between “testing, aggression, and love.”

In her Crossing Over series, Jackie Neale creates life-size cyanotype photograms of immigrants and their belongings in order to “connect us through abstract thinking about human form, human values, and human likeness, which transcends status, color, shape, culture.” By anonymizing her subjects, Neale stresses our similarities and encourages the formation of new connections and new communities. The work challenges viewers to consider human constructs—such as borders and flags—and examine the reasons they were originally created and the purposes they currently serve.

In her series, Memory & Longing, Carla Shapiro works with discarded family snapshots that connect with her on an emotional level and elicit her own “recollections and longings.” Shapiro’s process of scanning and manipulating the snapshots, then creating platinum/palladium prints that she collages, becomes a “deep exploration of the nature of memory and of image-making itself.” The universal themes present in these recontextualized images resonate with viewers, who then use them as a foundation on which to build their own constructed memories.

Catie Soldan’s Melancholia series “follows the psychological states of two women, building up to an emotional release.”  The staged portraits capitalize on the ethereal nature of the wet plate collodion process and “capture the quiet, somber, and often beautiful moments in times of distress.”  Viewers are invited to engage with the subjects as they travel along their psychological journey.

 

ABOUT THE HALIDE PROJECT

Founded in 2015, The Halide Project is a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to supporting the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative-process photography through special exhibitions, artist-led workshops, online resources, and events. THP’s mission is to be a local and global resource for photographers working in film and chemistry-based processes, as well as to (re)introduce the public to the beauty and magic of pre-digital photographic techniques. With the support of The Brick Patch Fund, The Penn Treaty Special Services District, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Supporting Members, and generous private donors, The Halide Project is currently developing a new public community darkroom. Prospective future programming includes mobile darkroom outreach, an artist residency program, and a city-wide photo festival.

 

EXHIBITION DETAILS

  • What: Storied Forms, The Halide Project’s fourth annual small group invitational exhibition
  • Who: Featuring Marina Berio, Jackie Neale, Carla Shapiro, and Caitlyn Soldan
  • Where: The Halide Project, 1627 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, 19122
  • When: April 6th – May 19th, 2019
  • Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 6th, 5-9pm
  • Open Gallery hours: Thursdays through Sundays, 1-5pm or by appointment

 

EXHIBITION EVENTS CALENDAR
Details and Registration at www.thehalideproject.org/events

  • Friday April 5th, 5-9pm: Preview during First Friday
  • Saturday April 6th, 5-9pm: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk (6:30pm)
  • Sunday April 14th, 2-5pm: Informal Group Critique moderated by Dale Rio
  • Sunday April 28th, 1-4pm: International Pinhole Photography Day Shoot Fest at Gravy Studio
  • Monday, April 29th, 6-9pm: One-night Pop-up Pinhole Show at Gravy Studio
  • Thursday, May 2nd, 2-4pm: Visit to the Library Company prints and photographic archives
  • Saturday May 11th, 12-3pm: Wet Collodion Tintype Demo with CJ Harker, with individual portrait sessions to follow

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