FotoFika – Strange Fire Collective – 3/17/2021

Join us this Wednesday for a conversation with Rafael Soldi and Keavy Handley-Byrne from Strange Fire Collective about their extensive collections of educational classroom resources

Strange Fire re-imagines how their archive can bring long-lasting change to the institutions educating the next generation of thinkers. They developed tools to utilize and interpret their archive in  classroom settings, making it easier for educators to find the resources we need to diversify our curriculums.

Strange Fire: The Strange Fire artist collective is a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces. Strange Fire is a platform for work that critically questions the dominant social hierarchy, dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists. Their collective practice is centered around increasing the visibility of meaningful work and creating dialogue and community through publications, exhibitions, and events. Strange Fire was formed in 2015 by Jess T. Dugan, Hamidah Glasgow, Zora J Murff, and Rafael Soldi.

Rafael Soldi, Co-Founder: Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian­-born, Seattle-based artist and curator. He holds a BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His practice centers on how queerness and masculinity intersect with larger topics of our time such as immigration, memory, and loss. He has exhibited internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, ClampArt, The Print Center, Museo MATE, Filter Space, and Burrard Arts Foundation, among others. Rafael has received grants and awards from the Magenta Foundation, Puffin Foundation, smART Ventures, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Center Santa Fe. He has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, PICTURE BERLIN, Oxbow Space, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

His first monograph, Imagined Futures, was published in 2020 by Candor Arts,

His work is in several permanent museum collections and has been reviewed on ARTFORUM, The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Photograph Magazine, The Seen, Art Nexus, and PDN. He is an SPE board member, co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective, and co-curator of the High Wall, a yearly outdoor video projection program that invites immigrant artists to intervene the facade of a former immigration center building in the heart of Seattle.

Keavy Handley-Byrne, Educational Resources Coordinator, Content Contributor: Keavy Handley-Byrne is a photographer and writer. Handley-Byrne holds an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in photography from Purchase College, SUNY. Keavy’s work addresses issues of queer identity and gender, with a particular focus on finding joy in the wake of trauma and loss. Their work has been featured online with A New Nothing and StayAtHome.Photography, and has been exhibited across the United States. Keavy is currently working with both the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Photographic Education, as well as the LGBTQ+ Caucus as their Northeast Chapter representative, and is pursuing collegiate teaching as a profession. They are currently based on Lenape and Canarsie land (Brooklyn, NY).

See you WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17th, 4pm EST at:

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John, Betsy, Anne

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