Join us for a conversation between Peruvian-born artists Rafael Soldi and Tarrah Krajnak on how their practice parallel and differ in their approach to dissecting and embodying Peruvian identity. Each artist will share a brief presentation, followed by a dialogue about the politics of the racialized body, imaginary pasts and futures, and the limits of the photographic medium in their artistic production and process of discovery.
Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian-born, Seattle-based artist and curator. His practice centers on how queerness and masculinity intersect with larger topics of our time such as immigration, memory, and loss. He has exhibited internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, ClampArt, The Burrard Arts Foundation, The Print Center, Museo MATE, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, King County Public Art Collection, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and has been reviewed on ARTFORUM, The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Photograph Magazine, The Seen, Art Nexus, and PDN. He’s been awarded residencies at PICTURE BERLIN, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bogliasco Foundation. His first monograph, Imagined Futures, was published in 2020. He is the co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective.
Tarrah Krajnak was born in Lima, Peru in 1979. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at Honor Fraser Gallery, as-is.la gallery, Houston Center for Photography, SUR Biennial Los Angeles, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Center for Photography Woodstock, SF Camerawork, Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Photo Madrid, Photo London, Belfast Photography Festival, and Unseen Amsterdam. Her work has been published in the LA Review of Books, Nueva Luz, Strange Fire Collective, and Camerawork. She received grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Texas Photographic Society, and most recently from the Harpo Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in Glasstire, Artforum, and Contemporary Review Los Angeles. Krajnak is a 2020 Lightwork AIR Recipient. Her work El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan was awarded the 2020 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize and a monograph of the work is forthcoming with DAIS books in 2021.
Support for Thursday Night Photo Talks is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Artist fees for the Thursday Night Photo Talks have been underwritten by The Lillian F. and Jerome L. Sindler Fund for Visual Media.