ARTIST STATEMENT

HOLDUP in the HOOD is both a personal and communal exploration of self. It concerns the identity of self that comes with the realization of making one’s mark. The photographs in this series are taken from a larger body of work that documents an after-school, collaborative arts curriculum rooted in self-portraiture. They incorporate drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of identity including: race, class and gender.”
Francis Crisafio 2018


NEWS & COMMENTARY

Two images from the HOLDUP series were recently selected by Reto Thuring, Curator of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art and Program Director at the Transformer Station in Cleveland for inclusion in the 45th Annual at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art just north of Pittsburgh. Both are from a subseries in the overall body of work that I call the "YES" series. There are another five images in this set. The exhibition runs through May if you are in the area.

Other recent work on exhibit listed below. For a complete exhibition history click HERE


_SOUTH X SOUTHEAST PHOTO GALLERY, "Black & White NOW", “HOLDUP in the HOOD"
Juror | Marc Steinmetz, 02.24.2018 > 03.2018, Molena, Georgia
_LIGHTBOX, "The Photographic Nude","Untitled"
Juror | Christa Blackwood, 02.2018 >03.07.2018, Astoria, Oregon
_PROVIDENCE CENTER for PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, Open Call, “ Holdup in the Hood”
Juror | Julie Grahame 10.12.17 > 11.12.17
_ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP, “Directors Cut, Holdup in the Hood”
Curator | Beth Lilly, Executive Director of APG, Atlanta, Georgia, 08.24.2017 > 09.23.2017
_A.SMITH Gallery, "Black & White”, “HOLDUP in the HOOD", Johnson City, TX.
08.04.2017 > 09.10.2017, Juror | Elizabeth Avedon