Hold up in the Hood_01

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Photograph/ archival pigmented print


9.5" x 14", framed: 16" x 20"


These photographs are part documentation and part interpretation of a collaborative, after-school arts curriculum based on self-portraiture. I co-wrote and taught the curriculum with my teaching partner Meda Rago. The project took place in Manchester, Pittsburgh, PA., and engaged young students from the local public and charter school in the community.   The complete body of work incorporates drawings, recycled photographs, sound, print, media and body gesture while exploring dimensions of self and “other” including race, class, and gender.   The project was funded by The State of Pennsylvania, Dollar Bank and the Society of St. Vincent DePaul. The curriculum and documentation took place over a thirteen-year period. 

About this Artist

Francis Crisafio

Francis Crisafio was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. and studied painting and printmaking at Carnegie Mellon University. A self-taught photographer, Mr. Crisafio tends to work on long-term, narrative projects focusing on portraiture and identity.  He has been included in group exhibitions at Photographic Resource Center, Boston; “The Fence,” Brooklyn and Boston; Filter Festival/Space, Chicago; Center for Photography, Greenville, SC; Los Angeles Center for Photography; PhotoNOLA, New Orleans; Aperture Foundation Gallery and Soho Photo Gallery, both New York; Philadelphia Photo Arts Center; The Print Center, Philadelphia; Silvereye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh; and Providence Center for Photographic Arts, amongst others.  His work has been curated/juried by Elizabeth Avedon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Aline Smithson, Christopher Rauschenberg/Bluesky Gallery; Reto Thuring, Curator of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art; Jose Diaz, Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum; Lisa Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum; Malcolm Daniel, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum…
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