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KESHA BRUCE Solo (Re)calling and (Re)telling at MFA for Fotoweek DC 2011

1 Nov


Solo Exhibition of photographs by Kesha Bruce

November 5 – 12th, 2011




Saturday, November 5th 2pm


Morton Fine Art (MFA) is pleased to present (Re)calling & (Re)telling, a solo exhibition of photographs by artist Kesha Bruce in conjunction with Fotoweek DC 2011. The exhibition will be on display from November 5 through November 12, with an opening reception and artist talk with Kesha Bruce on Saturday, November 5th at 2pm.

About (Re)calling & (Re)telling:

History and Meaning: When is a Story More Than Just a Story?

A good story allows us to make sense of the world by helping us to define who we are and understand our place in it. In her Fotoweek DC exhibition, titled (Re)calling and (Re)telling, artist Kesha Bruce offers viewers a contemporary entryway to the rich tradition of storytelling in art through the use of both photography and collage.

For the past several years, Kesha Bruce has created work using an old collection of photographs taken by her grandfather during his years as a soldier during the Korean War. In addition to the many photographs of young African American soldiers going about their daily routines, the collection also included snapshots and informal family portraits taken upon his return home to Des Moines, Iowa. Fascinated by the people and places in each photograph, these images soon became the basis for two complete bodies of work.

The narratives Bruce recreates in (Re)calling and (Re)telling, are composed of a mysterious mix of elements culled from the intimate terrain of memory, nostalgia, and the mundane remnants of daily life.

Also featured at Morton Fine Art is her latest series The Story, comprised of small, intimate mixed media works on paper which render character and place through the use of minimalist texts, each work relating to the next like non-linear chapters of a novel that refuse to settle into a comfortable beginning, middle, and end.

About KESHA BRUCE (France, b. USA):

Born and raised in Iowa, Bruce studied painting at the University of Iowa before going on to earn her MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York City. She has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Puffin Foundation. Her photographic work from (Re)calling & (Re)telling was awarded the EnFoco New Works Photography prize and was included in the traveling exhibition Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera.