(re)locate: A Place to Call Home
**This exhibition is up through August 16. The gallery is open by appointment or chance. Please call or e-mail to set up a time to see the show.**
Photographers Selma Fernandez and Wing Young Huie focus on Minnesota’s rapidly shifting demographics in (re)locate: A Place to Call Home. Working from documentary tradition and personal interactions with their subjects, Wing and Selma show the individuals behind statistics with their photos of recently-arrived immigrants, many of whom are political refugees. The exhibition also tells the immigrants’ stories in their own words.
In keeping with the community-building focus of The Third Place Gallery, the opening reception will include dialogue between Wing and Selma regarding their artistic processes and the Twin Cities’ changing communities. Audience feedback is welcome in our informal salon-style events. Light refreshments will be served.
Selma Fernandez (Oaxaca, Mexico) is a freelance documentary, editorial and portrait photographer. She studied photography at Gris Art Escola Superior de Fotografia in Barcelona, Spain and documentary photography with Mary Ellen Mark and David Alan Harvey. She has also taken courses with photographers, curators and editors such as Bill Douthitt, Karen Kasmauski, Juan Rodrigo Llaguno, Yolanda Andrade, Michael Grecco and Laura Gonzalez Flores.
Her work has been published in magazines and electronic media such as Financial Times Deutschland, Business Week, CNN Mexico and Expansion Magazine among others. Selma also works for a variety of NGOs and non-profits. Since 2007, she has been producing photo workshops in Latin America. Selma began assisting Mary Ellen Mark during her workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2011 and she has also assisted her on assignment.
Selma’s work has been exhibited in places such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photo Center, in Oaxaca, Fototeca Nuevo Leon, Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio, Texas and the Tijuana Cultural Center, among others.
Selma's work is made possible by Fondo Regional para la Cultura y Las Artes del Noreste. ***
Wing Young Huie (Duluth, Minnesota) documents the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. Whether in epic public installations or international museum exhibitions, he creates up-to-the-minute societal mirrors of who we are, seeking to reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible and seldom noticed.
His most well known works—Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000), and The University Avenue Project (2010), produced by Public Art Saint Paul—transformed Twin Cities’ urban areas into public photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most diverse concentrations of international immigrants in the country.
The Minneapolis StarTribune named Wing “Artist of the Year” in 2000, stating, “Lake Street USA is likely to stand as a milestone in the history of photography and public art.” He has five published books, including Lake Street USA, which was hailed by the StarTribune as one of 25 great books ever published about Minnesota.
Wing has shown nationally and internationally, from the Walker Art Center to Sofia University in Bulgaria. Currently his retrospective exhibition, Identity and the American Landscape, is traveling throughout China.