For the past few weeks I have been thinking about what I would like to do for my exhibition at Flower City Arts Center. Even though, it is not until next August, I want to make as much work as possible. These are a few shots I took this weekend on my iPhone.
Recently, my mother and I decided to visit the places we used to frequent on the American side of Niagara Falls. I wanted to go with the intention of photographing as well as honoring the memory of my maternal grandmother. She had lived in this area for the majority of her life and since her passing in July of 2013, my family visits here have grown infrequent. I find this place both bittersweet and sacred in my memory.
As we drove, I photographed out the car window, capturing the power lines that follow the thruway and cut through the landscape. When I was a kid, we used to make this drive quite often. I remember always being bored out of my mind, staring out the window following the power lines that tethered here to home.
When we arrived we started walking around Goat Island, following the path around the river. At each opening in the trees, I would approach the water to document the walk.
It was an incredibly hot day so by the time we got to the actual falls, we only stayed a short while. The mist was high and refreshing to walk through. Shooting through it, the buildings were veiled in the distance.
It was great to get back here and look at this place with fresh eyes. I’m grateful for all the times I’ve gotten to see this place in person growing up. It still means the world to me now.
Hi everyone, I’m Zubair Aziz, an intern for the Photography and Digital Arts Department this summer. I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I go to the University of Rochester, studying Computer Science and Economics with a cluster in Studio Arts. I’m hoping to start a career as a full-stack web developer after graduation.
On campus, I’m involved in a few organizations such as Grass Roots Soccer, a health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate and inspire children to live healthier lives, and Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity.
In my free time I like to paint and take photos, where nature/wildlife scenes are usually my topic of interest. Aside from that, I’m really into indie alternative or folk music.
This summer, I’m hoping to get a lot of experience working with many different talented artists and improving my photography and design skills. As an upcoming web and app developer, these skills will surely benefit me in one way or another. I can’t wait to meet everyone and engage with the community while I’m here.
Hello! I would like to introduce myself to everyone at Genesee Center for the Arts as I will be a resident photographer starting this January! I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina but currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I am interested in using the law as form, intervening in systems of power and I fundamentally believe photographs are inherently dishonest. I recently showed a piece in Orlando, FL:
I am currently a artist in resident at Lugar de Dudas in Cali, Colombia: http://www.lugaradudas.org/#/ where I am working on a project on the peace treaty agreement between the Colombian government and FARC rebels.
Soon I will be making a trip home to Buenos Aires in December to begin my research at El Archivo Nacional de Argentina to prepare for my project during my Genesee Center Residency. The project: “Copyrighting the Light of Day” is based on a pending Argentine copyright bill that was proposed in September of 2015. The bill, No. 2517-D-2015 would extend photographic copyrights from 20 years after publication to life plus 70 years. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/09/argentina-proposes-100-year-plus-copyright-extension-photography During the 1970’s in Argentina all photographs taken during the dirty war became public property as their creators were victims of disappearances. The Dirty War was a very dark period in Argentine history. Anyone who spoke out against the dictator at the time was murdered. Intellectuals, photographers, students and artists were some of the first members of society to be killed. It is estimated that during the war’s 10 year span 10,000 to 30,000 Argentine citizens were killed.
If this bill were to pass, all photographs documenting this period which currently exist in the public realm would become privatized by the state. A recent representative from wikipedia informed me “all visual and photographic remnants” during the Argentine during war would be erased. Documentation of correspondence between Kissinger and Gen. Jorge Videla —the dictator of Argentina — was released two months ago. In the correspondence, Gen. Jorge Videla attempts to remember the number of people killed during a five year period. At the end of correspondence, he notes the numbers are unimportant as they “will never see the light of day.”
Once I am in Buenos Aires I will be going through Los Archivos Nacional de Argentina and scanning one image from the archives for every day during the Dirty War. Later, once I am at the Genesee Center I will crop these selected images so that they only present “the light of day.” With the assistance of a Argentine Copyright Lawyer I will then copyright these images, and thereby copyright the light of day during the dirty war. All copyrighted images will be available to the public. http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/agn/agn.php
I will be regularly posting my progress in Buenos Aires and I look forward to meeting you all in Rochester!