Pradeep Dalal (ICP-Bard MFA alum + co-chair, photography program, Bard MFA ) in group show “I need my memories. They are my documents.” sepiaEYE

I would love to see the ICP-Bard MFA cohort at the walk through I’m giving of the group show, “I need my memories. They are my documents.”,  this Saturday, Oct 30th at 2 pm.

The exhibition has photo based works, drawing and videos of five non-western artists who work with existing material (repository) in unique ways. Here is a link to Pradeep Dalal‘s interview published by ICP

More information about the exhibition here

The Bawa Letters (1982), 2005

The Bawa Letters (1982), 2005

ICP-Bard MFA Symposium: What’s Love Got To Do With It?


What’s Love Got To Do with It:
Affect, Interactivity and the Haptic
A Symposium

Saturday, December 13th, 10AM- 4PM

School at International Center of Photography,
Seminar B/Shooting Studio
1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Inspired by Eduardo Cadava and Paola Cortés-Rocca’s Notes on Love and Photography, this symposium will expound on notions of love through an inquiry and exploration of modes of representation. How do experiences of loss, fantasy, intimacy and displacement change our proximity to photography and the creation and interpretation of images? How do physical and virtual relationships cultivated in a Post-Internet culture influence contemporary art practice? Invited panelists and speakers will address the tactics used by artists and thinkers as they navigate the contemporary landscape while reshaping materiality, sensory practices, the economy of sexuality, and fetish.

The ICP-Bard MFA candidates in conjunction with MA candidates from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College are please d to present this one-day symposium. Visual artists, dancers, educators, and curators will come together to re-examine the role love plays in our creation, interaction, and interpretation of art and objects. The day will be comprised of artist talks, panel discussions, and an artist-led performance followed by Q+As from the public. As part of a forthcoming symposium publication, various objects of desire offered by participants will be photographed over the course of the day.

Speakers include: LaToya Ruby FrazierGerard and Kelly, Jacolby Satterwhite Johanna Burton, Andrew Durbin, Jessica Berson and others…

For a full schedule, please visit:

The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Please reserve a ticket at:

This event is sponsored by the International Center of Photography and Bard College.

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive educational and archival facilities. Visit for more information.

ICP-Bard MFA Open Studios 2014

2014 Open Studios

Saturday, December 13, 2014 // 6pm-10pm
24-20 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

The ICP-BARD MFA Program in Advanced Photographic Studies is pleased to invite you to its Open Studios 2014!

In the main gallery, a curated show of work from the current candidates considers the notion of relationship. How does connection influence our vision and shape our interpretation of reality and fantasy? Does experience with an “other” hold generative potential? What do we seek when we try to connect? Using photography as a common denominator, we experiment across disciplines to open a discussion about interaction and the creative possibilities it offers.

Additionally, the twenty-four artists will open their studios to share current work.

We invite you to come and relate with us!

Esther Nila Bösche
Matt Cohen
Stephanie Colgan
Joseph Desler Costa
Anna Ekros
Ivana Larrosa
Minny Lee
Allyson Lupovich
Connor McNicholas
Groana Melendez
Bia Monteiro
Martha Naranjo Sandoval
Marie Louise Omme
Theresa Ortolani
Matthew Papa
Verónica Puche
Kat Shannon
Katrina Sorrentino
Marisa Sottos
Daniel Terna
Jessica Thalmann
Beau Torres
Kimberly Wade
Tracie Williams

photo credits (clockwise from center top): Daniel Terna, Martha Naranjo Sandoval, Katrina Sorrentino, Stephanie Colgan, Groana Melendez, Matthew Papa

Alumna in the Arctic

I have the opportunity to spend three weeks in Svalbard, Norway for an artistic residency on board a barkentine sailboat as a resident in the Arctic Circle Residency. My work explores the spirit of human exploration and the history of Arctic expeditions.You can imagine how being immersed in that same extreme environment will impact the work that I create, expanding upon and evolving my thesis work into something richer, informed by personal experience. Svalbard was a point of embarkation for many arctic expeditions and is steeped with that history; visiting the archipelago that launched so many of these historical explorations is an immense opportunity for my work.

If you appreciate art, travel, Scandinavia, and budding artists – or if you still believe in the intrepid human spirit, consider supporting this project. You can learn more about my plans for the residency at Hatchfund, or check out my blog, Svalbard By Sea, where you can follow my preparations, my experience on the residency, and the work I make when I return.

From last night’s opening

Last night was the opening of this year’s MFA thesis group show.  The show, its catalog, and the whole event were a smashing success.  We had a fantastic turn out of supporters, ICP community members, and students from previous classes. Here’s a picture Alison Morley shot of me offering the annual Alumni toast.  And here are a few more random shots:

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I know that quite a few of you in attendance were also taking pictures, so let’s see them!