Congratulations to Photography Professor Jaclyn Wright, winner of the Texas Photographic Society National Photography Award. Along with the award, Wright opens her solo exhibition, Marked, on Saturday, 3/7 in Houston, TX during the national Society for Photographic Education conference. The opening reception will be on Tuesday, 3/10 during FotoFest, an international biennial of photography and new media arts. The exhibition will take place at Sabine Street Studios at Sawyer Yards and will be on view through 4/18. Wright will also have work on view concurrently at Box13 Artspace in Houston.
"Marked combines traditional photographic techniques with contemporary digital processes, performance, and sculpture. The title refers to a prominent birthmark on my neck, which has drawn verbal and physical abuse from strangers. Reproductions of the birthmark’s shape and color appear throughout the work. In Marked, I consider ways we are marked from birth, specifically through gender. Birthmarks are like political boundaries on a map, expressing the concomitant desire to include and exclude, to mark belonging through exclusion and differentiation. The work explores the parallels between human attempts to control, shape, and extract from the land and the body. This is visualized through the demarcation of the birthmark as a means to represent what is through what isn’t."