College：Parsons School of Design
James Ramer is an artist, educator and curator. His work spans photography, video, sculpture, and installation. His work has been included in recent one and two person exhibitions at the Pingyao International Photography Festival; Jay Etkin Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Lon Gallery, Beijing, CN and in group exhibitions at Chiang Mai Museum of Art, Chang Mai, Thailand; Tianjin Museum of Art, Tianjin, CN; Museum of Art Tsinghua University, Beijing; Jeonju Photography Festival, Jeonju, South Korea; Photo Auckland, Auckland, NZ among others. He has lectured internationally on photography most recently at the Daegu Bienniel/Net Photography Festival, Daegu, South Korea; The Auckland Photo, NZ; Society of Photographic Education Southwestern Conference in Salt Lake City Utah; and the SPE-NE regional conference, in Albany, NY; New York Photo Festival and the Singapore International Photo Festival. In 2017 he was named Curator of the Lishui Photography Biennial, Lishui, PRC. He is the former Director of Delta Axis Contemporary Art Center and Plan B Gallery. He currently serves as the Director of the MFA in Photography program at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He holds an M.F.A. from Memphis College of Art.
Parsons School of Design：
A pioneer in art and design education for more than a century, Parsons School of Design is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive colleges of art and design in the world. Critical thinking, collaboration, and reflective practice are at the heart of a Parsons education. Located in the heart of New York City, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. A student-centered curriculum allows for both focused and interdisciplinary learning to master concepts, technologies, and research methods that cut across a wide array of fields. By synthesizing theory with craft, and combining art and design studies with the liberal arts and business, Parsons prepares its students to shape scholarship in their field and make art and design that matters. Its faculty of notable artists, design practitioners, critics, historians, writers, and scholars exemplifies an extraordinary breadth of vision.
The BFA in Photography program offers students the opportunity to create multiple bodies of work. Students are challenged both technically and conceptually as they develop their skills through the exploration of analog and digital technology. The goal is to provide students with the visual, technical, conceptual, and professional vocabulary necessary to succeed in their field. Students sharpen their focus by pursuing a specific concentration, gaining technical mastery and deep knowledge of their area of interest. Concentrations include Fashion, Fine Art, Social Documentary, Commercial/Editorial and Photographic Technologies.
The graduate Photography program functions as a 21st-century studio and think tank. The goal of the 26-month program is to prepare graduates to define the creative role of photography within contemporary culture, as practicing artists and scholars. Challenging participants to move beyond current paradigms—to anticipate and set trends, rather than follow them. A rigorous critique process and regular meetings with faculty, professional artists, and visiting critics help students develop individual points of view and situate themselves and their work within larger historical, theoretical, and contemporary visual contexts.
In the days of analogue/chemical photography exposed photographic paper was first placed developer to bring the image into view. Then placed into a fixer, a stance used for setting the photographic image thus making it permanent. Thus silver halides fixed in place for all time. In the computational age the photographic image has shown itself to be increasing unstable in both its form and meaning. It is in essence UNFIXED. Images are more malleable than ever. They flow freely across the network with the potential to manifest on a variety of platforms in multiple forms Meaning shifts and bends according to context. The emerging artists in this exhibition seek to navigate these new realities. Their work thoughtfully questions current photographic conventions and cultural assertions. The work is critical and reflective exploring a range of contemporary issues from the acutely personal to the cultural and political.
María del Mar Hernández Gil de Lamadrid
Kevin Quiles Bonilla
Guaier Huang&Runzhong Wang