Tarrah Krajnak

El Jardín de Senderos Que Se Bifurcan

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Filter Photo is pleased to present El Jardín de Senderos Que Se Bifurcan, an exhibition by Tarrah Krajnak. 

Named after a Jorge Luis Borges story by the same title, the exhibition El Jardín de Senderos Que Se Bifurcan explores the process of tracing my origins amidst contradictory familial narratives.

Indigenous to Peru and orphaned as an infant I was adopted into a

working-class transracial family from the American coal country and

raised as a twin to my African American brother. This early

experience of racial difference established my ongoing

preoccupation with orphanhood, ancestral exile, origins, and the way these constructs are written on the body and in the archive. In this series, I set out not to recover some stable authentic identity hidden by the circumstances of my birth and adoption, but rather to build a psychic history, to imagine lineages, to invent mothers, and to resurrect ancestors in an effort to understand my place within the

larger political, social, and historical narratives of my birthplace–

Lima, Peru circa 1979.

View the exhibition walkthrough.

Tarrah Krajnak was born in Lima, Peru in 1979. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at Honor Fraser Gallery, as-is.la gallery, Houston Center for Photography, SUR Biennial Los Angeles, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Center for Photography Woodstock, SF Camerawork, Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Photo Madrid, Photo London, Belfast Photography Festival, and Unseen Amsterdam. Her work has been published online and in print in the LA Review of Books, Nueva Luz, Spot Magazine, Strange Fire Collective, and Camerawork. She received grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Texas Photographic Society, and most recently from the Harpo Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in Glasstire, ArtForum, and

Contemporary Review Los Angeles.

The Artist Talk series is supported in part by the Hegner Family Foundation.

Exhibition DatesOctober 9 – December 12, 2020
Virtual Reception & Artist Talk with guest Jonas Becker (via Zoom): November 20, 5 – 7 pm CT | Register Now!
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday | 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday | 12 - 4 pm

November 20 - December 12: By appointment only

Gallery closed November 25 - 28

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LOCATION

Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622

312.248.1961

HOURS

Monday - Friday | 11am - 5pm 

Saturday | 12 pm - 4 pm

November 20 - December 12

By appointment only
 

Gallery closed November 25 - 28

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Fogelson Family Foundation, and The Hegner Family Foundation.