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In Conversation: Lydia Panas with Cig Harvey
Friday, December 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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Please join us for this special program with artists Lydia Panas and Cig Harvey. These two dynamic photographers will have a conversation about portraiture, image making and project development while they reference and launch Lydia Panas’ most recent monograph, Sleeping Beauty. This book is comprised of portraits of women and girls intertwined with the photographer’s gaze, in a rare subversion of photography’s power relations. Lydia and Cig will speak about photographing, long-term projects and questions of seeing and being seen. Don’t miss the chance to hear these artists in conversation.

Lydia Panas is a visual artist working with photography and video. A first-generation American, she was raised between Greece and the United States. Drawing on a combination of psychoanalysis and feminism, her work looks at identity and what lies below the surface, investigating questions of who we are and what we want to become. Exploring the roles of power and trust on both sides of the camera, she describes what it feels like to be a woman, a human, and the complex range of emotions we feel. She makes her work in the fields, forests, and studio of her seventy-acre farm in Pennsylvania. The connection she feels to this land and her family is the foundation of her work. Panas’ work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. Her photographs are represented in public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Palm Springs Art Museum, Allentown Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, and the Sheldon Museum, among others. Her work has appeared in many periodicals such as The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, French Photo, Hyperallergic and the Village Voice. She is the recipient of a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship and a CFEVA Fellowship. Her last monograph, The Mark of Abel (Kehrer, 2012) was named a best coffee table book by the Daily Beast. To see more of Lydia’s work and to order her book, click here >

Cig Harvey is an artist who uses images and language to explore sensory experience and elevate the everyday. Rich in implied narrative, deeply rooted in the natural world, her work is devoted to the topic of what it is to feel. Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, BBC, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Vice, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Marie Claire Italia, and New York. She is the author of three previous monographs, You Look At Me Like An Emergency, Gardening at Night, and You an Orchestra You a Bomb.

In 2017, Cig was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER, an international organization that honors, supports, and provides opportunities for gifted and committed photographers. In 2018, she was named the Prix Virginia Laureate, an international photography award based in Paris and in 2019, a mid-career retrospective of her work appeared at the Ogunquit Museum of Art. Most recently Cig was named one of the 2021 recipients of the Farnsworth’s Maine in America Award. The Maine in America Award is presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum in honor of an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. To see more of Cig’s work, please visit her website >

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