Exhibition: Photographs from Stephanie Passantino & Maria Nancy Thomas – Third Friday Gallery Reception

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Basement at Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix AZ

May 18, 2018
at the Larry Wilson Gallery,
Phoenix Center for the Arts

About Stephanie Passantino
Stephanie Passantino is a photographer living and working in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and a minor in Film Production in 2012.  She works in both digital and film based practices.

FUMETTI FOR THE MOTHERSHIP is a photo-comic interested in exploring
how visual sequences can encourage multiple interpretations and simultaneous
narratives. The project’s title comes from the word ‘fumetti’, which
means ‘comics’ in Italian, and often refers specifically to photo-comics.
When literally translated into English, ‘fumetti’ roughly means ‘little puffs of smoke’.
FUMETTI FOR THE MOTHERSHIP was created by Stephanie Passantino and
Colleen Louise Barry using a weekly exchange of photographs and words,
called SPECIMEN GROUPINGS. The project began with Stephanie sending eight
photographs and Colleen sending eight lines of a poem in response, creating the Specimen Grouping I.
FUMETTI FOR THE MOTHERSHIP is a part of Mount Analogue’s ongoing
project CONVERSATIONS WITH WOMEN. The printed images in this exhibition are selection from the publication.
Maria Nancy Thomas – Artist Statement
Images from My Home in Zacatecas, Mexico is a photographic project that began in 2011. The project was created because Maria moved from Zacatecas to Phoenix AZ as a toddler. As an adult, there is constant internal conflict where she feels like she lives in two worlds; often pulled in one way by her homeland and pulled another way by her Mexican identity in America. She traveled to Zacatecas to reexamine her cultural understandings.
The images showcase the acculturation between her Mexican and American experiences as well as how she views a space she can no longer occupy.
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