June 1st – June 5th
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 1st | 6-9 PM
Catalyst is pleased to present our final solo exhibition of the quarter: The Spectrum (of Being) by Isabel Bogarin. The work consists of several bodies of documentary portraits of LGBTQIA individuals, and deals with issues of identity and body in a society beginning to question the heteronormative state of being.
Photography has developed my sense of art and activism beyond holding a sign and marching on the streets. It began with an interest in portraiture and fashion, I felt that I took “pretty” pictures but they had no message. After becoming involved with many organizations and partaking student activism, I became politically charged to say something with my art. I wanted to make art that was relevant to things that needed attention.
In this portrait series, I focused on people who identified with the LGBTQIA community. As a member, we are a group of people who are discriminated or ostracized for our identities. I want to depict the social construct of labels given to the queer community, the identifications we, queers, give ourselves, and the understanding that we are all humans. By using my D-SLR, I’m bringing modern means of production to represent modern day ignorance and identities of people’s understanding. The large prints are to observe faces of people we pass by every day, never looking, only the assumptions we have of others in today’s society.
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Images courtesy Isabel Bogarin.