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Virginia Intermont photography exhibit examines masculinity

October 22nd, 2011 7:08 pm by staff report

Rachel Barrett, the 2010 Tierney Fellow and a multiple award winner, presents a photography exhibit, “Josiah’s Farm,” through Nov. 3 at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va.


The exhibit is on display in the Anne R. Worrell Fine Arts Center on campus. Admission is free and open to the public.


“Josiah’s Farm” is a unique body of work examining the identity of young Mennonite men, their version of masculinity and the ways in which they shape their understanding of self among others and among the land they cultivate on a large property in New York’s Catskill Mountains.


The attention is on Josiah Early and fellow Mennonite-raised men from hometowns in Virginia and Pennsylvania.


“The images delve into the fictions they create for themselves and explore that which physically and psychologically compels these boys as they become men,” Barrett said.


From photographs taken for nearly five years during various stays on the land, Barrett was a participating witness and says her presence was an important dynamic to the process and creation of the photography.


Her camera “plays a role for them validating their lifestyle, and for me as the means with which to visually investigate the myths manifested, the cross-section of reality and fantasy that converges in this place,” she said.


Barrett earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography and digital imaging from The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and a master of fine arts in photography, video and related media from The School of Visual Arts. Also a 2011 PDNs 30, Barrett is an official selection and honorable mention at the 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris, first place winner in the Camera Club of New York’s International Juried Competition, Juror’s Pick in the Center for Documentary Studies Awards and Critical Mass finalist, among numerous awards and honors. She has shown internationally in both solo and group shows. She teaches at two colleges in New York and has been published in The Sunday New York Times, Photo District News, Russian Esquire and Next American City Magazines. Clients include Ralph Lauren, Thomas Moser, Style Coalition, Iced Media, The New York Times, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Culture Magazine, March Magazine and Next American City. She is represented by Jennifer Schwartz Gallery of Atlanta and Gallery Stock in New York and London.


Virginia Intermont’s photography and digital imaging department is sponsoring the exhibit.


For more information, visit www.vic.edu or photomajor.com.


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