Exhibit: A Mortar of Dusk and Whistling
April 8th - April 19th
Francis Colburn Gallery, 3rd Floor, 72, University Pl, Burlington, VT
Artist Talk: "Onsite Specificity and Poetic Adaptation"
On Wednesday, April 10th at 5:15 pm in301 Williams Hall, 72, University Place
A Mortar of Dusk and Whistling refers to the intimacy of consciousness and poetic observations
conveyed through silver-based photography. Working with color and black/white light-sensitive
materials, Shay articulates shifts between expanding and contracting perceptions of time; from
the moment-to-moment personal exchanges of human life, to the barely perceivable
movements of stars.
The hinge between these disparate sensations of time is often a human presence, portraits and
self-portraits, occasionally literal and direct, more often achieved through experimental
processes: the recording of movements in the darkroom, the chemical obliteration of already
printed images, or the documentation of forms with profound empathic associations for the
artist. Throughout her current work, Shay’s photography is imbued with a sense of time that is
more commonly experienced through architecture or painting.
Exhibition and Artist Talk presented with support from the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Art
Recent interview in Italian magazine PHROOM:
Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ginevra's photography and studio practice are in many ways inextricable from her sitespecific
curatorial work; they reflect one another through their investment in fostering
an openness of exchange and dismantling passive engagement.
Ginevra uses photography and sculpture to depict poetic moments of observation and
adaptation. She is the curator of Rose Arcade.
Ginevra is the 2019 Mollie Ruprecht Visiting Artist at the University of Vermont and a
2018 Maryland Individual Artist Award Recipient for Photography. Her work has been
featured online in Artforum and Artnews. Her solo exhibition "Stars Exalt the
Darkening Sky" is on view at NO/ Gallery in Gent, Belgium through April 14.
She has lectured and participated in panels at the Queens Museum, the Oakland
Museum, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, the College Art
Association's National Conference, and the Society for Photographic Education's
Her work and publications are in the libraries of Yale University Art Gallery, The
International Center for Photography, Indie Photobook Library, Houston Center for
Photography, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.