SVA 2020 Thesis Exhibition – MFA Photography, Video and Related Media

When 18 Jun 2020
6:30PM - 9:00PM
Where School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media

2020 Thesis Exhibition – MFA Photography, Video and Related Media
Thursday, June 18 2020
6:30pm EST – Website launch and reception
7:00pm EST – Virtual screening
Eventbrite link here

The 2020 Thesis Exhibition features work from the distinguished 30th graduating class of 2020 and will be on view at

This year’s thesis exhibition takes place during a time of widespread upheaval, as historic protests against systemic racism intersect with the radical social impacts of coronavirus (Covid-19). In this moment the 20 MFA Photography, Video and Related Media graduates in this exhibition have gathered to reflect on issues of intimacy and isolation, fantasy and reality, sanctuary and displacement. These artists’ works are as varied as their backgrounds, expressing a global range of experiences and identities through photography, video, film, and installation.

As geopolitical boundaries are being reinforced both nationally and internationally, many of the graduates explore feelings of dislocation. Their projects alternately invoke a sense of alienation from one’s surroundings, a desire to reconnect with one’s past, or a resistance to the structure of space and time itself. Other projects chart a territory between harsh truths of race, class, and gender inequity and the psychic release offered by fiction and the imagination, often documenting specific places, individuals, and communities in varying degrees of realism. Finally, a number of artists have turned their cameras toward the human body, probing the fluidity of the self and the emotional power of touch.

Throughout all these works, this year’s graduates expertly convey their unique viewpoints through a combination of wit, intelligence, and technical skill. Culminating two years of dedication and hard work, their thesis projects demonstrate a sustained commitment to the conceptual and formal power of art during these turbulent times.

Curated by Nat Trotman, curator of Performance and Media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City