The first of two shows featuring 19 thesis projects from the Class of 2017 goes on view at the NYU Tisch Gulf + Western Gallery

Photo by Lea Winkler
Lea Winkler, ROTC: Land Navigation, 2016

Aging, self-image, faith, absence, and exile are among the themes explored in the work of NYU Tisch Photography & Imaging students that will be on display at SHOW ONE, an exhibition of photography, digital imaging, and multimedia works opening Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The opening reception takes place from 6pm to 8pm.

SHOW ONE is the first of two showcases of the work of graduating BFA students in the Tisch Photography & Imaging program. It will be installed in the Gulf + Western Gallery (1st floor rear lobby) and the 8th Floor Gallery at 721 Broadway (at Waverly Place). SHOW ONE will remain on view at through March 11, 2017.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Photo identification is required for access to the building. For more information, visit or call 212.998.1930.

SHOW ONE student project summaries:

Michael Beckert: What does it mean to be 84 years old? You have lived through one world war, known the world before and post internet, and, if you're Richard Howard, it means you've published fifteen books and won a Pulitzer Prize. When I first bumped into Richard on the street-- I had no idea who he was.

Tris Bucaro: In an effort to confront and aestheticize the tension within the gray area of bisexuality and the identity politics that come along with it, PUNK serves as an iconoclasm of Bucaro’s self-image in a series of video vignettes that allow him to interact with and manipulate the multiple facets of his visual being.

Caroline Fahey: In 2013 Caroline found out there was a blood clot in her brain caused by obesity and birth control. Throughout the past three years she has come to realize that happiness is no one singular feeling—it’s embracing all the little speckles of emotions and moods we endure. As she looks at herself an infinite amount of ways, Silver Lining, explores Caroline’s self-discovery of searching for happiness, beauty, and confidence.

Calvin Falk: The City is an audio visual tryptic short film that captures a man’s day in New York City. The man is no one in particular, but his routine is relatable to anyone who calls this living and breathing metropolis their home. The City explores the loneliness that people feel while grinding through their routines only to discover that they have incredible similarities to their unknown neighbors. The film is set to and named after an original score recorded in New York by composer Brian Hoes.

Abigail Folger: Originating in Midland, Texas, but currently residing in Manhattan, Folger documents the West Texas culture and landscape. This series shows the unique beauty of West Texas through a lens of nostalgia and familiarity, but with the perspective of an outsider.

Natalie Fong: Euaggelion (Greek for "good news") is an illustration of the central narrative arc of the Bible: creation, fall, redemption, restoration. Drawn from the artist's own experiences of faith, the series is underlined by themes of race and Christianity within a contemporary context.

Lizzy Grap: Colorín Colorado is a multimedia project that examines the push for new life after immigration, through a look into the artist’s grandparent’s lives. It explores the hardships in creating a new home and the ever present remnants of a life left behind.

Allie Huddleston: 7M - Home is the idea of a space that is your own— where one lives out the private moments of their life and store personal belongings. However, what happens when a private space is filled with the belongings and memories of someone else? Huddleston’s work explores the paradoxical tendency for voyeurism and assumption making within one’s own home.

Xiaoye Jiang: 小 (Xiao) is an exploration of collected pieces from my own origin story and a look into my experience as a transnational adoptee as a result of China’s one child policy. Using various family photos and personal writing, Xiao questions identity and how to bridge what you don’t know or don’t remember with what you do—the holes that are inevitably a part of memory.

Adam Kargenian: Flashed - Extraordinary personalities explode in an underground setting that accentuates their brilliance. However, despite the incredible personas seen weekly at the club, people often to do not consider the complexities of these parties or their hosts.
These digital and large format portraits capture individuals in the club setting and in their places of preparation, hinting at both the happenings of a bygone party as well as the domestic environments that are reflections of a side not seen.

Luca Khouri: Woman - Khouri explores his relationship with women through his various fashion editorial assignments. The stillness of the photographs signifies a strength and reclamation of power by the woman in the 21st century.

Yuka Lou: Here There Everywhere explores the presence of absence. Beyond the supposed simplicity of light, shadow, and form, the photographs reveal the poetics of space and the traces humans leave.

Jenna Maslechko: Movement is the most universally understood language and the most organic form of human expression. For me, the ability to move and express with my body gives me the opportunity to explore sensations beyond what I can see and experience in my actual reality. Researching movement through photography and video is perhaps a way for me to make sense of what it means to exist within this world and how elements interact. Through video manipulation and animation, this project is a visual abstraction of the response music initiates within my mind.

Nicky Ottav: The work I am presenting in this show is a celebration of the people who have inspired me with their rebellious style and outrageous personality. It isn't easy to stand against the grain of culture, and it is for these reasons I liken my subjects, and myself, to saints and religious icons in this body of work.

Mayra Penaranda: In Please, Cross Your Legs, the artist engages in a visual experiment where she dissects her insecurities and self-image in order to understand her fixation with the way she is seen. Using photographs and writing, the artist documents this self-introspection and draws connections between her need for validation and a society that places a woman’s value solely on her beauty and sexuality.

Karanjit Singh: "Exile is a memory of a beloved bleeding somewhere behind the high mountains" is a collection of anecdotes and portraits of young politically motivated Tibetans currently living in Exile in Dharamsala, India and New York City. Challenging the preconceived romanticized and monolithic view of the Tibetan people, the project celebrates the vibrancy and resilience of a diverse community whose homeland was colonized by the People's Republic Of China in 1959.

Beatrix Walter: Beatrix’s work looks at the female body and its place in the world around us. Her video project entitled Going Down II consists of shots of nude woman and imagery of an elevator manufacturing company, thus combining the synthetic and the biological.

Lexi Wimberly: In a multimedia slideshow, Wimberly explores her hometown of Las Vegas through pop culture imagery, her own photographs, and family videos from childhood, illuminating the intersections between vice and virtue, nature and artifice, and illusions and reality.

Lea Winkler: Working with New York City-based universities, Lea Winkler focuses on the dichotomy between student-based and army-based lifestyles within a university ROTC program. Each Cadet’s uniform acts as an anchor that inherently speaks to a sense of maturity and prestige. Likewise, its oversized appearance and their general youthfulness exposes the naiveté of the gravity of what their futures hold as commissioned Army officers.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within New York University, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.

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