Through June 20
A new exhibition at Pittsburgh Filmmakers is showcasing portfolios by emerging photographers and filmmakers from throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
Opening during a free public reception on Saturday, April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m., Identity: Inner Explorations/Outer Expressions features culminating work by students completing the organization’s year-long Photo and Filmmaking Intensive courses. The group exhibition includes 50 photographic works and seven films by artists ranging in age from from 19 to 50.
The photography component showcases work by Jesse Clifton, Anna DeLuise, Megan McGinley, MacKenzie Randall and Elizabeth Widder. Exploring themes of identity, family, loss, memory, and more, pieces range from Megan McGinley’s photographic portraits of people who identify as women, to Anna DeLuise’s editorial fashion portraits documenting diverse lifestyles, to Elizabeth Widder’s evocative still lives of homemade cakes containing curious messages written in icing.
Jesse Clifton’s series of nude self-portraits examine issues of vulnerability and loneliness, while Mackenzie Randall’s double exposure family portraits address the artist’s experience of suddenly losing her father. Some of the prints also include installation art elements, and all of the students will display their online portfolios as part of the show.
Also on view will be seven films produced by Justin Collins, Michael Hawrylak, Devin Luker, Roxane Pearsall, Raquel Petersen and Dena Sutermaster. Works range from fictional films and video art to a 30-second commercial. A wide range of genres and subject matter are represented, including a horror film set in a car wash, a fantastical comedy about a woman and her abusive personal trainer, a spy thriller, a narrative about a delinquent teen and her stepmother, a prison drama, a commercial for the local nonprofit, 412 Food Rescue, and a story about a college basketball player facing a tough dilemma.
Identity: Inner Explorations/Outer Expressions is on view and open to the public through June 30 in Filmmakers’ Melwood Avenue-based facilities.
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