Cultural [ Divide ]
May 8 - June 14
IRINA ROZOVSKY : ISLAND ON MY MIND
CASSANDRA GIRALDO : GENTLE PUNKS
TODD DANFORTH : PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY
With images from the inaccessible island of Cuba, to a Punk counterculture group in Russia and a flawed but deeply connected family in New England, 555 Gallery is pleased to present Cultural [Divide], featuring the new documentary work of photographers Irina Rozovsky, Casandra Giraldo and Todd Danforth.
"Cultural Divide" Reviews:
SATURDAY MAY 10, 2014 5-8PM
The photographers will discuss the intimacies of their work experience working within a challenging culture and will be present to share their understanding of their work.
Featuring the Work Of:
Irina Rozovsky, Cassandra Giraldo and Todd Danforth
MAY 22, 2014
555 Gallery in South Boston is currently hosting “Cultural (Divide)”, the new work of three documentary photographers who delve into isolated subcultures to reveal both outward differences and surprising similarities. Cassandra Giraldo’s Russian punks, Irina Rozovsky’s Cuba and Todd Danforth’s rural Massachusetts family offer glimpses into vastly different environments. The photographers, however, share a palpably humane viewpoint.
In her series “The Gentle Punks”, Cassandra Giraldo follows a group of teenage punks from St. Petersburg, Russia as they roam one step ahead of a police state that treats them as criminals.
What would otherwise seem a normal stage of rebellion takes on a cloak of danger for this outcast confederacy. Giraldo conveys the punks’ craving for self-expression and community in images that often emphasize shadow and light, accentuating their bleak feelings of alienation contrasted with their youthful spirit of longing. Giraldo’s photographs carry a universality that drives home the point that these are all just kids, regardless of their circumstance.
In her series “Island On My Mind”, Irina Rozovsky conveys the essence of the Cuban experience through large, vivid images that capture the details of ordinary living.
By capitalizing on lively tropical colors and focusing on some unusual particulars of everyday scenes, Rozovsky allows us to nearly feel the heat and smell the aromas in her photographs. Her images are carefully framed and often isolate the details of a larger story that the viewer is invited to imagine. By concentrating on individual elements, Rozovsky enlarges our sensation of them, imbuing her collection with a feeling of fleeting fond memories.
In his series “A Portrait of a Family”, Todd Danforth photographs his own extended family in rural Massachusetts, simultaneously making universal statements about human frailties and grace.
Danforth allows the viewer to witness the weight of his family’s struggles and, although their afflictions are left vague, his portrayals are rich in nuance. We can perceive their shared sense of duty, stoic perseverance and tacit love. Danforth’s compositions often isolate figures within the frame and his palette can feel bleak and subdued. Nonetheless, his images nearly always include a bright light source, an undercurrent of compassion and hope.
While highlighting the unique features of three far-flung subcultures, the photographs of Danforth, Giraldo and Rozovsky share a humanity that reveals the essential commonalities that all people share. This exhibit runs through June 14, 2014. For more information and directions, go to:http://www.555gallery.com/