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Hannah Altman at Blue Sky Gallery
January 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hannah Altman, Kavana
January 2–February 2, 2020
First Thursday opening reception: January 2, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Saturday, January 4, 3:00 PM
Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm
First Thursday 6 – 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.
“Jewish thought suggests that the memory of an action is as primary as the action itself. This is to say that when my hand is wounded, I remember other hands. I trace ache back to other aches—when my mother grabbed my wrist too hard pulling me across the intersection, when my great-grandmother’s fingers went numb on the ship headed towards Cuba fleeing the Nazis, when Miriam’s palms enduringly poured water for the Hebrews through their biblical desert journey—this is how the Jew is able to fathom an ache.”
In Kavana, Hannah Altman explores her Jewish heritage and intergenerational memory, using photography to remember and reinterpret stories that have been passed down by the women in her family and generated through ritual and folklore. For the artist, her photographs “are positioning themselves in the past as memories, in the present as stories being told, and in the future as rituals to interpret and repeat.”
Hannah Altman is a Jewish-American artist from New Jersey. Her work interprets relationships between body, interiority, feminine performance, and lineage, exploring the structures that perpetuate them using photographic-based media. She has recently exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Junior High Gallery in Los Angeles, and the University of Passau in Germany. Her work has been published in the Carnegie Museum of Art Storyboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and i-D. She has delivered lectures on her work and research across the country, including at Yale University, the Society for Photographic Education’s Southeast Conference, and Six x Ate artist lecture series. She is an MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University and the 2019 recipient of the Bertha Anolic Israel Travel Award