Wilka Roig and Tarrah Krajnak: (untitled # )
In conjunction with the exhibition of (untitled # ) in its entirety, Tarrah and Wilka, with special guest Magda Romanska, Ph.D., will be talking informally about the process of collaboration, contemporary trends in photography and portraiture, performance in photography, art and theatre history as it influences aesthetic trends in contemporary art and popular culture.
Wilka Roig is Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography in the Department of Art, Cornell University. She was awarded the Annual Light Work Grant in Photography in 2003 and the Sage fellowship for graduate studies at Cornell, where she received her MFA in Photography in 2005. She received a Cornell Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in 2003 and a Project Grant in 2006 for her collaborative work with Tarrah Krajnak, (untitled # ), represented in The Spitting Image, curated by Terri Whitlock, Associate Curator of SFMOMA, and featured in Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Vol 34 No. 2. (untilted #) is one of ten to be represented in the National Museum of Women in the Arts biennial 2008, Women to Watch, in Washington, D.C. Also it will feature in the George Waters Gallery, Elmira College in conjunction with the Julia Reinstein Women Studies Symposium in March 2008 and Tarrah & Wilka will be the main speakers for the event. Wilka’s independent work is currently in exhibition as part of Beyond In Western NY 2007, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery biennial in Buffalo, NY.
Tarrah Krajnak is an artist and educator based in Burlington, VT. Her work explores issues of identity construction and often employs portraiture as a means to question a variety of related issues including: personal history, genetics, appearance, memory, and gender. Her family background is what ultimately drives her preoccupation with identity. Originally born in Lima, Peru, she was adopted and raised in the U.S with two other adoptive siblings. She received her MFA in 2004 from the University of Notre Dame and now teaches Photography at the University of Vermont. Her work has been exhibited nationally.
Magda Romanska is Assistant Professor and Head of Theatre Studies at Emerson College’s Department of Performing Arts. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. In 2001-02, she was exchange scholar at Yale School of Drama’s Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism. She has served on the editorial boards of Theater Magazine, Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, and Diacritics. Her articles have appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her article “Necr-Ophelia: Death, Femininity and the Making of Modern Aesthetics” appeared in Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts. Her book chapter “Hamlet, Masculinity and the Nineteenth Century Nationalism” recently appeared in an anthology published by the Cambridge Scholars Press. She is the recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship (2006). www.magdaromanska.com