Talia Chetrit is an inspirational contemporary art photographer from the United States. She was born in Washington D.C. in the year of 1982. She pursued her tertiary education in Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was given the Fred J. Foster Fellowship Award. Following that, she received a Graduate Fellowship from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she completed the graduate program and attained her Master’s in Fine Arts. Since then, Chetrit has shifted location and is now working and living in New York.
Her first exhibition in New York was under the gallery, Plane Space for her piece entitled Items May Have Shifted in 2005. In 2008, her work was featured in “31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography”, curated by Lumi Tan and Jon Feinstein in 3rd Ward Brooklyn. Internationally, she has also been featured in many countries, as a group show as well as solo shows. In 2004, she was part of the 4th annual International Photography Exhibition curated by Barbara Degenevieve in the town of Pingyao in China. In addition, she presented solo at the Kaufmann Repetto gallery in Milan, Italy in 2011. A year later, one of her piece called Bodies in Trouble was featured in the Sies + Höke gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Overall, it is apparent that Chetrit has had more solo shows than collaborations, perhaps due to her unconventional approaches in the construction of her pieces.
A number of Chetrit’s works were exhibited at the Armory Show of 2018 under the Sies + Höke, a Germany-based contemporary art gallery. Two of the most remarkable pieces were both inkjet prints entitled Self-portrait (all fours), 2017 and Red Eyes, 1994/2017. The original photos that these prints were developed from are photographs that were captured by Chetrit herself, along with several of her friends back in the 1990s when she was still a mere teenage girl. These photos mark the commencement of her feminist exploration into image-making, self-representation and so forth. More often than not, there exists a personal narrative with regards to mental and emotional causes that lies beneath the surface of her projects. In another collection, Chetrit once again salvaged her old photos. This time, she uses the very first rolls of film that she had used to capture photos of her own family in the 1990s. Nonetheless, most of her pieces make passing references on the subject of sexuality and the human body.
Talia Chetrit focuses her projects on the search for deeply-veiled elements behind the structure and utilization of a photography. As a rule, she exploits the matter of obscuration, separation and distortion in a way that the person in the print is no longer identifiable. In this way, her work is conceptualized and abstracted. Aside from that, Chetrit often utilizes a monochromatic color scheme, in addition to the reversal of orientations in terms of horizontal and vertical. On top of that, she also transposes the negative and positive space in order to form more unorthodox pieces. With her nonconformist feminist mentality and methods, she has been praised by many and time and time again juxtaposed with prominent contemporary artists like Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman.
Talia Chetrit has had solo art exhibitions as well as collaborations with other artists under different galleries all across the world. Several more of her exhibition highlights include the Art Basel in Miami Beach last year, under Sies + Höke, the same gallery as in the Armory Show as well as the Art Düsseldorf 2017. Her pieces have been part of the Armory Show since 2014. An ongoing show that began on 16th February and will end on 25th March is located at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, an art museum in Cologne, Germany. Chetrit’s upcoming solo shows will be taking place in MAXXI, Museo delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome. It is a national museum that consists of contemporary art and architecture.
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