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The ICA Chattanooga presents Stacy Kranitz’s body of work As it was Give(n) to Me (2010–21) from January 17 to March 12, 2023 with an artist lecture and reception at February 16, 2023.
As part of the Tennessee Triennial: RE-PAIR, the ICA Chattanooga presents the complete opus of Stacy Kranitz’s body of work As it was Give(n) to Me (2010-21): an expanded artist-based archive of photographs, collected images, text, and sculptural objects that traces exploration and extraction in central Appalachia over the last decade. These documents consider our relationship to representations of reality, as well as the defects and ruptures inherent in created concepts of truth.
Kranitz creates pictures that accept the constraints of photographic depiction while working within the documentary tradition. Her photos do not tell the “truth,” but are honest about their flaws, reclaiming these flaws (exoticism, ambiguity, fetishization) as sympathetic substitutes to more effectively portray the complexity and volatility of the individuals, places, and events they depict. She uses photography to open up storylines that confront our sense of culture, particularly in the Appalachian region of the American southeast, where she is caught between ideas of what is right and wrong.
Kranitz’s exhibition will include pictures from four areas of her artist archive, as well as a dedicated artist study room showcasing research materials and sculptures from the series. The study area will serve as a vital link to the UTC Honors College academic course that will accompany the exhibition and discussions surrounding RE-PAIR.
About Stacy Kranitz
American photographer Stacy Kranitz (American, b. 1976) was born in Kentucky and currently lives in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Her first monograph, As It Was Give(n) To Me (Twin Palms Publishers, 2022) is shortlisted for a Paris Photo / Aperture First PhotoBook Award. Additional awards include Time Magazine Instagram Photographer of the Year, the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography and a Southern Documentary Fund Research and Development grant. Her work was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Discovery Award (2019), and she has presented solo exhibitions of her photographs at the Diffusion Festival of Photography in Cardiff, Wales (2015) the Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France and the Cortona on the Move festival in Cortona, Italy (2022). She works as an editorial photographer for clients including Time, Vice, National Geographic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic and Mother Jones. She holds an MFA from University of California, Irvine’s Department of Art and a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
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Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
752 Vine Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403