Irina Rozovsky and Manjari Sharma: Talking Pictures

This is a past event. Sunday, February 3 at 12:00pm 5:00pm

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., Portland, OR 97209

Ashley Miller: Sweet Things
Irina Rozovsky and Manjari Sharma: Talking Pictures

The joint exhibition will be on view from January 3–February 3, 2019.
First Thursday opening reception: January 3, 6-9 p.m.

Artist talks:
Ashley Miller: Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m.
Irina Rozovsky and Manjari Sharma: Saturday, February 2, 3 p.m.

Originally commissioned by curator Mia Fineman for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Talking Pictures is a photographic conversation between Manjari Sharma and Irina Rozovsky. Over a five-month period surrounding the 2017 U.S. election, the two artists exchanged iPhone photos in real time using a call-and-response format. Living different lives in different cities, Sharma and Rozovsky approached the exchange as a form of modern-day letter writing. Their improvisational images reveal personal chronologies that exist within public and private spaces and respond to current political tensions. Most importantly, the dialogue is focused on the creation of new life at such a precarious time, as the artists, both pregnant during this project, conclude the 122 image conversation with the arrival of their newborns.

Irina Rozovsky was born in Moscow and raised in the United States. She is currently based in Athens, Georgia. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Smith College in Northampton, Mass.; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.; Breda International Photo Festival in Breda, The Netherlands; Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Penn.; Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, Wis.; Chelsea Art Museum in New York, N.Y.; Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Noorderlicht Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands. Rozovsky participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in August 2012.

Manjari Sharma is an internationally published photo-based artist born and raised in Mumbai, India and currently residing in southern California. In addition to many private collections, Sharma’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Sharma holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from S.N.D.T University in Mumbai and a BFA in Still Photography from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.

About Blue Sky

Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is an exhibition space and resource center for artists, the general public and the national and international photographic communities, located in Portland's historic DeSoto Building, on the east side of the North Park Blocks between Northwest Davis and Couch Streets.

Blue Sky's mission has remained steadfast since 1975: to educate the public about photography through exhibitions, publications and dialogue; and to further the careers and artistic development of the artists shown. 


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