Friday, October 30, 2015

Where Do You Sleep?

Mission Old Brewery
Maison du Père

Where Do You Sleep? is a cause-related photographic art project supported and sponsored by the City of Montréal. Ten photographers were selected to contribute varying works exploring their visions of homelessness.

During the summer of 2015, Tema Stauffer photographed interiors of homeless shelters throughout the city of Montréal. The question posed by the project led her to examine the accommodations provided by local organizations dedicated to protecting and supporting the homeless and other individuals in crisis or transition. Variations in funding and capacity influence the kinds of environments these organizations are capable of providing as an alternative to the streets. These range from private bedrooms to large, shared rooms with many beds, as well as the pews of a downtown church where the homeless rest during weekdays.

The photographs selected for the first exhibition on display in the Hall of Honor at Montréal's City Hall from October 31st to November 12th, 2015 portray rooms at Mission Old Brewery, Projets Autochtones du Québec (PAQ), and Maison de Pére. Thank you to the organizations and their directors and staff who generously opened their doors to this project, also including Nazareth House, Anne's House, Chez Doris, Auberge Madeleine, Le Chainon, Native Women's Shelter, Welcome Hall Mission, and the Open Door Church.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The New Yorker reviews PATERSON

Vince Aletti reviews PATERSON at Sasha Wolf Gallery for The New Yorker: Tema Stauffer 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Visiting Artist Talk at Concordia University / Kerstin Honeit / October 6th

Berlin-based artist Kerstin Honeit will be giving a talk on Tuesday, October 6th at Concordia University in EV 3.655 at 6:30pm.  The lecture is presented by the Photography Program with additional support from the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PATERSON opens at Sasha Wolf Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 13th

A solo exhibition by Tema Stauffer

Sasha Wolf Gallery
70 Orchard Street, New York, NY
September 13th - October 25th
Opening reception on Sunday, September 13th from 3-5pm

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Elena Dorfman's Portraits of Syria's Lost Generation

Hany, 2013, copyright Elena Dorfman
I recently interviewed photographer Elena Dorfman for American Photo about her experiences making portraits and audio recordings of Syrian teen-aged refugees that are currently on display at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  The interview can be found at: Elena Dorfman's Portraits of Syria's Lost Generation.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Topographics Anew: Picturing the Incredible Human Impact on the Landscape

Silver Lake Operations #14 [Lake Lefroy, Western Australia], 2008, Edward Burtynsky
A short interview for American Photo Magazine with the Cincinnati Art Museum's Associate Curator of Photography Brian Sholis about the current exhibition "Human-Altered Landscapes" exploring the lasting influence of the New Topographics movement and featuring work by Edward Burtynsky, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lucas Foglia, Pieter Hugo, and others at: Topographics Anew: Picturing the Incredible Impact on the Landscape.

Monday, May 11, 2015

PATERSON exhibition at Baxter Street at the CCNY opening Saturday, June 6th

Jhozali, Straight Street, Paterson, NJ, 2014

An exhibition of 12 prints from my Paterson portrait series is opening on June 6th at Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York's new gallery space in Chinatown.  This solo show is the culmination of my workspace residency last spring in New York before I left the country for a teaching position in Canada.  The portrait of Jhozali on Straight Street in May 2014 is the last photograph I shot in Paterson.  Thank you to the community of Paterson for making this work possible and to the CCNY and Jerome Foundation for supporting the production of these exhibitions prints.

For those in New York, I hope you will be able to join me for the opening on Saturday, June 6th from 6-8pm at 126 Baxter Street.  The show will be on view for three weeks until Saturday, June 27th.  More information can be found on the Baxter Street at the CCNY's website: Paterson Exhibition.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Feature Shoot: The Swap

Portraits that Berlin-based artist Kerstin Honeit and I shot of one another on an afternoon exploring Manhattan's east side in March 2014 are included in Feature Shoot's write-up on The Swap, a portrait exchange curated by Stuart Pilkington. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

On the Wall: Self-Dramatization

On the Wall for March and April 2015 highlights Portraiture Now: Staging the Self at National Portrait Gallery; Modern Alchemy at The Heckscher Museum of Art; Lands in Limbo at Madison Museum of Art; Helen Levitt: In the Street at High Museum of Art; Jill Greenberg: Paintings at ClampArt Gallery; Alec Soth: Songbook at Fraenkel Gallery; Mark Steinmetz: South at Ogden Museum of Art; Teenie Harris: Civil Rights Perspectives at Carnegie Museum of Art; and For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979 at Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Alexis Desgagnés' presentation to photo students at Concordia University

Thank you to Montreal-based photographer and writer Alexis Desgagnés for a thoughtful and generous presentation today to Concordia students in Photographic Visions: Theory and Practice II. Alexis discussed his past experiences as artistic director of VU Photo in Quebec City and his current work as assistant editor of the stunning Canadian photography magazine Ciel Variable, as well as topics such as producing photo books, writing about photography, developing artist communities, and taking intiative to find creative and authentic ways to survive in the arts.  Best quote: "You are artists. You're not bureaucrats. You're not in the army." 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Visiting Artist Talk at Concordia University / Victoria Sambunaris / March 18th

American photographer Victoria Sambunaris will be giving a talk on Wednesday, March 18th at Concordia University in EV 3.655 at 6:30pm. The lecture is presented by the Photography program and the MFA program of the Department of Studio Arts and is free and open to the general public. For more information: Artist Talk / Victoria Sambunaris 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Conversations in Contemporary Art Lecture Series at Concordia University

Thank you to Concordia University's Studio Arts MFA Program for inviting me to present an artist talk on Thursday, March 5th for the Conversations in Contemporary Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series.  For more information, please see: Conversations in Contemporary Art.

Conversations in Contemporary Art: Tema Stauffer
Thursday, March 5th at 6pm
VA Building 114, Concordia University
René Levésque Blvd. West, Montréal

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On the Wall: Sultan of Scene

On the Wall for January and February 2015 features Larry Sultan: Here and Home at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; What Remains at Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The Plot Thickens at Fraenkel Gallery; City Under One Roof: Photographs by Jen Kinney at Center for Documentary Studies; Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich at Catherine Edelman Gallery; Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick: Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex at Ogden Museum of Southern Art; Private Eye: The Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection at North Carolina Museum of Art, and The Photographer's Playspace at Aperture Gallery.