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Thursday Night Photo Talk w/ Julianna Foster

Geographical Lore

February 25, 2021

Julianna Foster will present her series, Geographical Lore, a selection of photographic work that considers ways in which the natural world can be represented. The images are captured from landscapes where she has traveled across the United States.  

The series consists of a combination of two-dimensional images like framed photographs, broadsides, light-boxes and three-dimensional objects such as cut and manipulated photographs and artist books/publications. They combine photographic images of both the natural world and hand-made, assembled environments.  The deliberate blend of the fabricated and the “real” image play with ideas of memory and representation.

Nadia Hironaka, an award winning visual artist and filmmaker, will present a brief introduction to Julianna Foster’s work. Hironaka is based in Philadelphia and is known for her collaborations with Matthew Suib making films, videos, public artworks and immersive installations spanning over a decade, often extending their collaboration to include other artists, musicians and composers.


Julianna Foster is currently the interim director and assistant professor in the Photography program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She received a BFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2001) and an MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking from the University of the Arts (2006).

Foster has been an artist in residence at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center, finalist at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, selected as a Community Supported Artist, a project organized by Grizzly Grizzly Gallery and self-published the book, lone hunter. Her work and two interviews with photographers was featured in the publication Constructed: The Contemporary History of the Constructed Image in Photography since 1990 published by Routledge. Other selected exhibitions include, The Truth in Disguise Geste Paris, France during Paris Photo, group exhibitions at Filter Photo in Chicago and Medium Photo in San Diego (2019/2020) and a 2020 COCA (Center of Contemporary Artist) finalist and 2020 San Francisco Bay International Photography Awards Silver Award Winner for her project, Geographical Lore.

Other projects/publications include work in magazines Conveyor, Proof, Cleaver, Good Game, and Shots Journal for Black and White Photography. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally, in private collections across the country and Foster has collaborated with various artists on projects that include creating artist multiples, artist books and series of photographs and video. Foster is represented by gallery Paristexasla, a contemporary art space in Los Angeles.

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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