Fade Like a Sigh
Photographs by Zora J. Murff and Rana Young
Exhibition runs Monday, January 9- February 17, 2017
Gallery Reception: Thursday, November 17th, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts presents a new exhibition, “Fade Like a Sigh: Photographs by Zora J Murff and Rana Young” beginning Monday, January 9 and continuing through February 17th, 2017. The gallery reception will be held February 16th, 5-7 p.m., and coincides with our Third Thursday Open Studio event.
Photographers Zora J. Murff and Rana Young examine gaps that occur in visual communication, between what we know, and what we think we know. Through dialogues about a shared experience -- exploring the void left by an absent parent -- the question posed between these artists is: what do you remember?
My mom would sometimes tell me, “You have your father’s charm.” When she said this, she wasn’t paying me compliment, the words felt fatalistic. I remember the sound of his voice: gravelly and deep. I could listen to him talk for hours on end, there was a comfort there…perhaps he had worked his charm on me.
I’ve been told since I was a little girl that I have her eyes, her skin, her dark hair. I see myself when I look at pictures of her. I used to buy myself roses and lilies, the flowers she had chosen for their wedding. My dad said that she didn’t have it in her to be a mother; she was lonely, the type of lonely that company can’t fix.
Zora J Murff has a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University, studied photography at the University of Iowa, and is an MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and in print, including Vice Magazine, GOOD Magazine,The British Journal of Photography and Wired Magazine's Raw File. Zora was named a “Joy of Giving Something Fellow” through Imagining America in 2016, a LensCulture 2015 Top 50 Emerging Talent, and was a 2014 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. A portfolio of his work is included in the Midwest Photographers Project through the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Zora published his first monograph, Corrections, through Aint-Bad Editions in the Winter of 2015.
Rana Young earned her BFA at Portland State University, and is an MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska. Rana was included in Midwest Center for Photography’s exhibition “Developed Work – 2016 National Photography Fellowship Competition”, included in Detroit Center for Photography’s “NEW DIRECTIONS Gallery”, awarded Second Place in the “2016 Lenscratch Student Prize”, and was a recipient of Society for Photographic Education’s “2016 Innovations in Imaging Award.” Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as published online by Fraction Magazine, Fotografia Magazine, and Aint-Bad Magazine among others.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso in Nebraska City and is regularly open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and for special events. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public of all ages. KHN is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc
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