Take It From Here
Curated by Zora J Murff and Rana Young
Take It From Here features artworks by ten emerging
photographers who use the camera as a multifaceted site of
imagination, play, and self-exploration. Considering photography’s
sordid relationship with the politics of representation, the selected
artists collectively highlight new freedoms and visual possibilities of
self-expression alive within the medium.
For this project, curators Zora J Murff and Rana Young are collaborating with Travis Shaffer, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, and founder of the publishing project theretherenow. Founded in 2016, his publishing project uses risograph printing to produce collaborative, experimental, peripheral, and contemporary publications. The publication and exhibition will be a study on multiple collaborations between curators, designers, and artists. Using the risograph’s unique processes, the curators are borrowing from the color spaces present in each artists’ works to create a new four ink palate.
Take It From Here, Exhibition Catalogue Published by theretherenow. Designed by Travis Shaffer with an essay by Roula Seikaly, Senior Editor of Humble Arts Foundation.
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
Lindley Warren Mickunas
Image Credits: Tommy Kha and Nadiya Nacorda
Zora J Murff is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the
University of Arkansas. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the
University of Nebraska—Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from
Iowa State University. Zora’s work addresses questions related to the
social aspects of making and consuming imagery. His work has been
exhibited nationally, internationally, and published in Aperture
Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York TimesMagazine, and The Atlantic.
Rana Young is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art at
the University of Arkansas. Rana holds an MFA in Studio Art from the
University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she was an Othmer Fellow and
a BFA in Studio Art from Portland State University. Her work has been
exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as published online by
PDN, Hyperallergic, VICE, Huffington Post, British Journal of
Photography, and The New York Times, among others. In
collaboration with Kris Graves Projects, she released her first
monograph, The Rug’s Topography, in January 2019.
This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency. The Artist Talk series is supported in part by the Hegner Family Foundation.
Exhibition Dates: December 4, 2020 – January 9, 2021
Opening Reception: December 4, 6 – 9 pm
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday | 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday | 12 - 4 pm