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Thursday Night Photo Talk w/ Izabela Jurcewicz

Body as a Negative

November 12, 2020

In this talk, Izabela Jurcewicz will discuss her project Body as a Negative. Sensations of Return. In her performative and therapeutic process of dealing with memories and tensions written in the body, photography takes a crucial role. She was an interorgan tumor patient, one of 300 cases worldwide, where science had few answers to the cause and how to proceed. This experience of a patient being ‘on view,’ researched and scanned, coined her relationship with the camera and ways of seeing a human. In Body as a Negative. Sensations of Return she replaced the invasive surgical instrument with her camera as a receptive device to register, merge and enable a ritual of healing. From this work she also saw her Father, supporting him through his own cycle of trauma, as he had cancer from 2016 to 2019.

Izabela Jurcewicz’s work reflects on a body as a living archive, using personal perspective to approach issues regarding identity, body, memory and health/disease. Izabela’s photographs have been exhibited in over thirty exhibitions, including such venues as the International Center of Photography, ClampArt, Baxter St CCNY, School of Visual Arts Flatiron Gallery in New York and RISD Museum. For her project Body as a Negative. Sensations of Return Izabela became laureate of Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents 2020, was shortlisted at Unseen Dummy Awards 2019, and was a runner-up and finalist at Ryan R. Gibbs Photography Contest by New Delta Review. Her works were presented during such international photography festivals as Unseen Amsterdam, Month of Photography in Bratislava (OFF), TIFF Festival in Wroclaw, 12th Fotofestival in Lodz, 8th Biennale of Photography in Poznan. She was an artist-in-residence at the School of Visual Arts. Izabela is a graduate of International Center of Photography and received an MFA in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Arts in Poznan, Poland.

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.

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