The Ties That Bind

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The Ties That Bind
ICP-Bard MFA 2016
Curated by Charlotte Cotton

A group exhibition of the ICP-Bard MFA Program in Advanced Photographic Studies class of 2016.

Exhibition: July 1 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception:
Friday, July 8, 2016 | 6 – 8pm
Opening night performances by Minny Lee and Martha Naranjo Sandoval at 7pm

The Ties That Bind is a collaboration and conversation between the ICP-Bard’s MFA class of 2016. Hailing from eight different countries, they employ photographic methodologies to challenge and investigate their intimate bonds and personal boundaries.

They write:

We have shared common interests that surface in the work and explore our subjective truths, family histories, memories and the impact of trauma.

We ask you to examine what is often overlooked or silenced and held in the peripheries of our experience. We invite you to engage with and find connections between us and the world at large.

The opening reception will also include two performances to begin at 7 pm: Moving Images by Minny Lee and lost, lost, lost: you, you, you by Martha Naranjo Sandoval.


Matthew Cohen (b.1991, Chappaqua, NY) is a New York-based photographer. His practice is one of questioning and mapping his surroundings physically and emotionally through photography. His work includes intimate images of the people and objects closest to him juxtaposed with grand nature scenes in an attempt to photograph distance in multiple forms.

The work of Ivana Larrosa (b.1975, Logrono, Spain) engages with memory. On her series Engrams, 2015, she impresses her own destiny on to visual story of her family to bring that story into her nomadic present.

Minny Lee (b.1971, Seoul, South Korea) is a multimedia artist employing photography, audio, video, installation, and performance. Her main subject matter is nature and her relationship to time and space. More recently, she photographed aerial views of the earth, looking at the relationship between natural and man-made landscapes. Her on-going self-portrait series examines places of trauma.

Allyson Lupovich (b.1989, Montreal, Canada) is a photographer based out of New York City. Her series The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows is predicated on the tension between wealth and family, family vacations & domestic life.

The work of Groana Melendez (b.1984, Brooklyn, NY) navigates through the awkwardness that is interpersonal connections.

Bia Monteiro (b.1976, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a visual artist working primarily with photography, video and installations. Her work references matters of safety and displacement within domestic spaces and national borders, as well as environmental concerns through the use of architecture and structural materials.

Matthew Papa (b.1967, Detroit, MI) is a New York-based artist working primarily in photography. His undergraduate study of philosophy informs his artistic practice and he’s interested in photography’s ability to complicate meaning. Desire and the body are often subjects in his work because our ideas around them are rife with conflict.

Martha Naranjo Sandoval (b.1989, Mexico City, Mexico) is a filmmaker and visual artist. Her work explores the difference in how time is portrayed in moving and still image, the properties of images as material, and how images gain significance culturally and personally.

Verónica Puche (b.1984, Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual artist with a background in industrial design. Puche explores new ways to interact with an image, bringing fragments of her memory and intimate internal dialogs to reality through her work while simultaneously addressing social and historical issues.

Katrina Lillian Sorrentino (b.1989, Chicago, IL) is a lens-based artist. Her latest project How to Make the Bed is a series of photographs and performance videos where she questions her female identity alongside her mother and the expectations placed upon them both in the American home. She is a member of the Brooklyn-based artist collective Nomadique.


Charlotte Cotton has been at the forefront of the appraisal of contemporary art photography for more than twenty years. She is the first curator in residence at ICP, responsible for the inaugural exhibition and program at ICP’s 250 Bowery space opening this summer. She has held curatorial positions at institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been a visiting scholar and critic at institutions including Parsons the New School for Design, New York University, and the School of Visual Arts, New York; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. She is the author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004) and founder of the discussion forum Words Without Pictures. Her most recent publication is Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015).


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