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DINA KANTOR
 
"Water Tower, Treece, KS",
Archival inkjet print, 2010 16" x 20"

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I’ve been photographing in Treece, Kansas, since 2010, observing dramatic changes in life and landscape. My photographs are an archive of the community, a document of its transformation, and an investigation into the environmental and economic impact of past practices on both individuals and the landscape.

I began to make pictures at a point when the residents of Treece had just been told that the government would fund a buyout to help them escape from living on unstable land. Looking at my lens, their eyes express the hesitation, fear, and, for some, excitement about the future. As time passed, and they packed up their belongings, sadness seemed to overcome many of them. And as I photographed the demolition of city hall just one day after watching the water tower topple to the ground, my camera witnessed the once-lush landscape transform into a place that seemed barren and dry.

I think we all want to belong to a community; to feel included in a group matters. It helps us understand our individual identities. Together, the streets we grew up on, the schools we attended, and the homes we live in all play a role in our sense of self. This is why I’m photographing here: to understand that sense of self. Lead and zinc mining, and the giant mountains of chat (the toxic remnants of the mining) that dot the landscape—that was part of who these people were, and are. Their ancestors built the mines and the towns around them; their families worked in the mines as powder men, hookers and hoistermen. They spent their lives underground. Now all of the people who have left Treece have a new identity—the people who grew up in a town that no longer exists.

 

RESUME

www.dinakantor.com


EDUCATION
MFA, Photography, School of Visual Arts, NYC, 2007
BA, Journalism & Mass Communications, Minor in Studio Arts, University of Minnesota, 1999

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Treece, Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, Baxter Springs, KS
2013 Finnish & Jewish, The Garner Center at NESOP, Boston, MA
2011 Finnish & Jewish, Tychman Shapiro Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2010 Finnish & Jewish, 20th Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series, Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock, MI
2009 Finnish & Jewish, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Women in Photography Solo Show
2007 Humble Arts Foundation Solo Show #5

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 CCNY Photo Benefit Auction, New York, NY
2011 20th Anniversary Retrospective: Contemporary Finnish-American Artist Series, Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock, MI
2011 Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, Firehouse Gallery, Garden City, NY
2011 100 Portraits, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia
2011 100 Portraits, NYPH, Curated by Andy Adams & Larissa Leclair, Brooklyn, NY
2011 100 Portraits, Head On Festival, Sydney, Australia
2011 Moment of Recognition, International Center of Photography, Curated by Amy Arbus, NYC
2010 100 Portraits, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2010 Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, South Gallery, William Paterson University, NJ
2009 Anthology: Recent Acquisitions, Southeast Museum of Photography, FL
2008 Juried Exhibition, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Juror: TJ Norris
2008 31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Up & Now, The 12th Annual Photographic Exhibition Competition, PCNW, Seattle, Juror: Charlotte Cotton, Department Head & Curator of Photography, LACMA
2007 ASMP Image 07 Exhibition, GalleryFCB, New York
2007 Juried Show, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, Juror: Brian Clamp, ClampArt
2007 MFA Photography Thesis Show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
2007 A.I.R. Gallery Biennial, 7th Biennial Exhibition, New York, Juror: Connie Butler, MoMA
2006 Humble Arts Foundation Group Show #3
2006 Bearing in Mind, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
2005 Selfconscious, East Side Gallery, New York

collections
The Jewish Museum, NY; The Southeast Museum of Photography, FL; Portland Art Museum, OR; The Dwight School, NY; Private Collections

GRANTS & AWARDS
2013 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship
2012 Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant
2012 Review Santa Fe
2012 CCNY Darkroom Residency, Runner-Up
2011 Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant
2011 Blue Earth Alliance
2010 Finlandia Foundation National Grant
2010 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Finalist
2008 Honickman Book Prize, Finalist
2007 Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention
2007 ASMP Image 07, Honorable Mention
2007 PDN Photo Annual
2007 Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant
2007 Finlandia Foundation National Grant

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2012 The New Yorker Photo Booth, NPR The Picture Show, Flak Photo
2012 Popular Photography, “Film Lives,” by Debbie Grossman
2012 American Photo on Campus, “Film Lives,” by Debbie Grossman
2012 Discover, “Landscapes of the Anthropocene, Across the Globe,” by Rebecca Horne
2009 The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography
2009 The Forward, Bertha Mag, Jewcy, Too Much Chocolate
2007 Heeb Magazine Issue #15, Heeb Hundred
2007 The Stranger, “Portraiture for People Who Like Places,” by Abigail Guay, August 15, 2007

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2012-present Ramapo College
2011-present Nassau Community College
2010-present School of Visual Arts
2010-2011 William Paterson University
2008-present The International Center for Photography, Adelphi University
2008-2010 The Dwight School
2006-2008 The Beekman School

GUEST LECTURES
2013 Rhode Island School of Design, BFA department, RI
2012 School of Visual Arts, MPS Digital Photography, NY
2012 School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography department, NY
2012 International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2012 School of Visual Arts, BFA Photography Lecture Series, NY
2011 Nassau Community College, BFA Department, New York
2011 School of Visual Arts, Continuing Education Department, New York
2009 University of MN, BFA Photography, Minneapolis, MN
2008 Parsons, The New School, BFA, New York, NY
2008 Panelist, “Women in Art Photography,” 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
2008 School of Visual Arts, MPS Digital Photography, and Continuing Ed, New York, NY
2007 William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
2007 International Center of Photography, New York, NY