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Susan Hayre: Querencia at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

Susan Hayre: Querencia

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Currently on view at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

"Querencia," an old Spanish word referring to the place from which one draws ones deepest sense of self, is Hayre’s document of the scorched and flooded aftermath.

Working with film, her work references the traditions of photographic practice and the rich history of western landscape photography, the vast majority of which was created using film and photographic paper. Her black and white gelatin silver prints bespeak a message of respect for the land, the trials of living with nature in Texas, an environment that is as harsh as it is beautiful. Her images are details, paying attention to the land as only a steward can, with the reality of nature as it is, and yet optimistically dedicated to the land’s health and ability to heal.

Hayre holds a BFA in Theater from Texas Christian University and an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Recent group exhibitions include those at 25CPW Gallery, N.Y.; K├╝nstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; RAYKO, San Francisco; Hammond Arts Center, Hammond, La.; Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo.; New Mexico Museum of Art; Project Basho, Philadelphia; the Camera Club of New York; the Houston Center for Photography 27th Annual Juried Exhibition; Portland Museum of Art 2009 Biennial, Portland, Maine; and American Photography 24. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; the University of Texas, Dallas; Marilyn and Jerry Comer Collection, Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Mexico; Rockport College, Rockport, Maine; as well as in numerous private and corporate collections. Hayre has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops; Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine; the Houston Center for Photography; the Nord photography workshops, Oslo, Norway; as well as in various colleges as adjunct or visiting faculty. Her work has been featured recently in publications including PDN online, Fraction Magazine #12 and Shots magazine.

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