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(re)arrangements: new works by tamara suarez porras

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(re)arrangements is a series of new works by tamara suarez porras created during a three-month residence at The Growlery in San Francisco. Drawing from prior works that consider poetic possibilities of vernacular archives, she creates poetic assemblages meditating on human relationships to the universe through the photographic image, using material collected from magazines, books, and scientific texts. A central photograph of books with their spines turned inward alludes to fixedness of text and the simultaneous possibilities that emerge from a practice of artistic research that reimagines existing text and image. These works consider the poetic potential from photographs when decoupled from informational texts. The same photographs reappear within different forms--as black-and-white darkroom printed assemblages, polaroids, and color prints--to develop varied associative significances from the material. With visible tears and folds, the images meditate on the impossible physical relationship to galactic bodies of unfathomable scale and at impossible distances, yet able to be held by the hand through the photographic object.

About the Artist: tamara suarez porras is an artist, writer, and educator from (south) Brooklyn, NY and currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
tamara explores intersections of time, memory, and autobiography through a photo-conceptual, research-based practice that utilizes vernacular archives. She works across photography, installation, writing, filmmaking, and performance. Her current academic research interests center on artists who engage with archival photo-based practices to contend with personal histories. She has exhibited nationally, including the Brooklyn Museum, School at the International Center of Photography, En Foco Touring Gallery, and Deitch Projects in New York, as well as fusedspace and Embark Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been published on Art Practical and contemptorary.
tamara has taught at the International Center of Photography, City College of San Francisco, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. She works in museum education at SFMOMA and The Contemporary Jewish Museum. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography+Imaging and Journalism and California College of the Arts with a dual MFA/MA in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies.
(re)arrangements is a series of new works by tamara suarez porras created during a three-month residence at The Growlery in San Francisco. Drawing from prior works that consider poetic possibilities of vernacular archives, she creates poetic assemblages meditating on human relationships to the universe through the photographic image, using material collected from magazines, books, and scientific texts. A central photograph of books with their spines turned inward alludes to fixedness of text and the simultaneous possibilities that emerge from a practice of artistic research that reimagines existing text and image. These works consider the poetic potential from photographs when decoupled from informational texts. The same photographs reappear within different forms--as black-and-white darkroom printed assemblages, polaroids, and color prints--to develop varied associative significances from the material. With visible tears and folds, the images meditate on the impossible physical relationship to galactic bodies of unfathomable scale and at impossible distances, yet able to be held by the hand through the photographic object.

About the Artist: tamara suarez porras is an artist, writer, and educator from (south) Brooklyn, NY and currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
tamara explores intersections of time, memory, and autobiography through a photo-conceptual, research-based practice that utilizes vernacular archives. She works across photography, installation, writing, filmmaking, and performance. Her current academic research interests center on artists who engage with archival photo-based practices to contend with personal histories. She has exhibited nationally, including the Brooklyn Museum, School at the International Center of Photography, En Foco Touring Gallery, and Deitch Projects in New York, as well as fusedspace and Embark Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been published on Art Practical and contemptorary.
tamara has taught at the International Center of Photography, City College of San Francisco, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. She works in museum education at SFMOMA and The Contemporary Jewish Museum. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography+Imaging and Journalism and California College of the Arts with a dual MFA/MA in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies.
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