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Light Work Announces Recipients of 45th Annual Light Work Grants in Photography
The Light Work Grants in Photography are part of Light Work’s ongoing effort to provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography. The Grants in Photography exhibition will take place Aug. 26 – Oct. 17 in the Light Work Hallway Gallery.
The reception is on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5-7:30 p.m. Nicola Lo Calzo’s “Bundles of Wood” is concurrently on view in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery. Light Work is located in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center. Both events offer refreshments and are free and open to the public.
Established in 1975, Light Work Grants is one of the longest-running photography fellowship programs in the country. Each recipient receives a $3,000 award, exhibits their work at Light Work and appears in “Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.” This year’s judges were Kimberly Drew (writer, curator, founder Black Contemporary Art), Eve Lyons (photo editor, The New York Times), and David Oresick (executive director, Silver Eye Center for Photography).
Trevor Clement is a visual artist, musician and performance artist based in Syracuse, who uses photography with book art, installation, and sound. His photographic style opposes the cleanliness and simplicity of Western fine art photography by using heavy film grain, dust and a modernized take on William Klein’s “technique of no taboos.” The do-it-yourself ethic, and the antisocial, violent and sub-capitalist character of noise and hardcore-punk music all play a major role in Clement’s thinking about visual art. He has contributed to music projects such as “Faith Void,” “Hunted Down” and “White Guilt” and was a major force in BADLANDS, an underground music and art space for all ages in Syracuse. He was a Light Work Grant recipient in 2014, has shown his work across New York State, and exhibited at the Fotofanziner Fotobokfestival in Oslo (Norway), the NoFound Photo Festival in Paris, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. Recently, Clement has focused on producing ‘zines of his photos of professional wrestling and an audio interpretation of Gregory Halpern’s book, ZZYZX.
Lali Khalid addresses landscape and abstraction through documentary photography. Khalid uses her work as a tool to explore themes of diaspora, identity, family, and home in her own life and the lives of people she photographs. Her images depict and document cultural and private conflicts, as well as emotive effects of natural light, through quiet, narrative allusions. She holds a B.F.A. in printmaking from the National College of Arts in Lahore (2003) and an M.F.A. in photography from Pratt Institute (2009) where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She has shown her work in many galleries throughout Europe, Pakistan and the US. She is currently an assistant professor of media arts, sciences and studies at Ithaca College.
Reka Reisinger is a visual and historical archivist living in Burdett, New York. Reisinger graduated from Bard College (2004) and holds an M.F.A. in photography from the Yale University School of Art. Reisinger was born in Budapest, Hungary, and returns frequently to photograph her homeland, the central focus of her work. Driven by a sense of urgency to collect visual cultural artifacts, she used her photographic practice to evoke the atmosphere she experienced during her frequent childhood visits to Hungary during the early post-communist era. Reisinger creates a sense of humor in her work while posing more profound questions about cultural identity during upheaval. She has participated in many group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including The Camera Club of New York, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Lisa Ruyter Gallery in Vienna (Austria), the Midlands Art Center in Birmingham (UK), The Sculpture Center in Long Island City and the Swiss Institute in New York City.