Posted on December 01 2016
The author explores spaces in a state of abandonment or of unexpected departure, creating a feeling of being animated and inhabited but absent at the same time. Laura Migliorino in this series proves to be interested in the transition period ..
I believe that is the strength of photography, the ability to strike the heart so profoundly by capturing a single harrowing moment in time, or taking the viewer on an emotional journey of introspection. – L. Migliorino
Laura Migliorino is an American photographer born in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, city where she grew up and obtained her master degree at the University of Minnesota. Laura Migliorino teaches photography at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College, in addition to having received several grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, she has gained numerous prizes and recognitions. Laura has exhibited internationally for over 30 years, her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, DOMUS Magazine, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and DWELL Magazine. Migliorino's works are in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, Weisman Museum in Minneapolis and at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
Migliorino’s photographic work entitled "Absentia: abandoned past" is the continuation of an artistic / documentary path that over the past ten years has explored the symbiotic and intimate relationship between people and their homes, it is a series where the photographer tries to capture the aspects that make the house a safe haven where to feel protected, a place, quoting McLuhan, that becomes a collective media through which people may store and channel heat and energy, an environment in which to preserve memories, and again a place through which we can understand man and the evolution of civilization since its inception.
The author explores spaces in a state of abandonment or of unexpected departure, creating a feeling of being animated and inhabited but absent at the same time. Laura Migliorino in this series proves to be interested in the transition period in the lifetime of a place, from one era to another. According to the photographer houses are like the human body, citing her words, "they are born fresh, clean, and full of hope .. a house may be reborn and be rehabilitated, sometimes it dies and becomes a memory."
I received my BFA is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my MFA is from the University of Minnesota. My early work is in printmaking, painting and drawing and I came to photography later in my career. The shift happened when my work became more political and I began integrating photographic imagery into works on paper. Over time I fell in love with the photo process and imagery. For the past 20 years my work has been photo centered but often approached from a painterly eye.
photography. In the 1980’s my work became more political as I lost many friends and my own brother to AIDS. I found my voice in the photographic image in a way that I could not express in any other medium. I believe that is the strength of photography, the ability to strike the heart so profoundly by capturing a single harrowing moment in time, or taking the viewer on an emotional journey of introspection. The photograph is a nimble medium with an expressive power..
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