Media Arts Hosts Photography Exhibits, Lecture in Conjunction with Equality Forum

'Transportraits' by Lorenzo Triburgo and 'Reflections' by Connie Imboden run through May 1; Triburgo to speak on campus April 27

April 25, 2011

The Media Arts department at the University of the Arts has partnered with Equality Forum 2011 (April 25 – May 1), the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit, to present the 12th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit featuring acclaimed photographers Lorenzo Triburgo and Connie Imboden. A free lecture by Triburgo is also scheduled.

Triburgo's "Transportraits" (Gallery 1401) and Imboden's "Reflections" (Sol Mednick Gallery) run through May 1, with an artists' reception scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in both galleries.

In "Transportraits," Triburgo examines identity and representation. He creates landscape oil paintings as backdrops for photographic portraits of transgendered men captured on medium-format film. The austere portraits in combination with the dramatic color palette of their backgrounds are simultaneously thoughtful and playful.

The Portland, Ore.-based photographer will discuss "Transportraits" in the context of a photographic history invested in examining and undermining gender constructs on April 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Terra Hall, Room 1504. "The Medium of Deconstruction: Photographic Journeys in Gender Variance" is part of the Media Arts department's Paradigm Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Imboden has spent more than 25 years using photography to examine, distort and redefine the human body. Using the reflective and sometimes altering qualities of water and mirrors, her images create new forms that are at once mythological, archetypal and expressive. They are beautiful yet simultaneously disturbing, elegant yet haunting. By so deeply investigating a subject we are so familiar with  – the figure – her work reveals deeper meaning and insight into the human psyche.

Above: "Tranquil Dawn (Burton)," 2009, Type-C Color Coupler Print, © 2011 Lorenzo Triburgo.

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