5×5: “Familiar Strange”

by Efrem Zelony-Mindell

5×5 features five photographs by five photographers, usually curated around a specific subject matter, selected by a guest editor.

Efrem Zelony-Mindell is an independent curator, writer, and painter. His curatorial endeavors include shows in NYC: n e w f l e s h and Are You Loathsome. He writes for DEAR DAVE magazine, VICE, HuffPost, Baxter Street Camera Club of New York, L’Oeil de la Photographie, and aCurator.


The five photographs I’ve chosen come form ICP-Bard’s upcoming show Familiar Strange on view at the Camera Club of New York. I’ve had the privilege of curating this show for a hugely talented and diverse group of artists. We’re excited to share with you all and hope to have the opportunity to engage in conversation and pleasure. Looking forward to having you with us for the opening reception at 06.00PM on the 28th of June!

In Familiar Strange, seven artists — Sasha Louis Bush, Marla Hernandez, Gülsüm Kavuncu, Sam Margevicius, Hyungjo Moon, Cristina Velásquez, and Nechama Winston — establish relationships through their imaginative and documentary works. Together, their conversation finds parallels and highlights the ways in which speaking in a visual language differentiates from other forms of connecting and communicating. Their works induce the viewer into creating new bonds and relationships. This happens through inconsistent and ever changing forms particular to each artist’s practice. Once total strangers to each other, these seven artists have emerged into a new state of familiar after working together in the last two years at ICP-Bard. The subtle, yet concrete similarities between them are what make their union strong. They provoke us to move beyond our differences and perhaps celebrate and find strength in what makes us unique to each other. We are each human — men and women, all sorts of sizes, shapes and colors — but here we are, each of us just people.

La Región Más Transparente by Cristina Velásquez
4 Rectangles and 1 Circle, The Neighborhood School, East Village, NYC by Sasha Louis Bush

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