Eichstatt 3, laser cut pigment print, 15×21 inches. 2018

“Displacement” captures the traces of former WWII displaced person camps; combining past and present in a series of laser cut images on photographic paper. Using my documentation of the camps, I am laser cutting plea letters the refugee were sending from the photographs. My family’s displacement, which I am re-imagining and restoring in this body of work, is part of a long history of uprooted peoples for whom the idea of “home” is contingent, in flux, without permanent definition and undermined by political agendas beyond their control.


Bayreuth 1, layered lasercut pigment prints, 14×21. 2018


Bayreuth 1 detail, layered lasercut pigment prints, 14×21. 2018

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United States

Krista Svalbonas ( b.1977, USA ) holds a BFA Photography (Syracuse University) and an MFA Interdisciplinary (SUNY New Paltz). Her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions including at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston, Klompching Gallery and ISE Cultural Foundation in New York. Her work has been collected in a number of private collections, as well as the Cesis Art Museum in Latvia. Recent awards include the Rhonda Wilson Award (2017), Puffin Foundation Grant (2016) and a Bemis Fellowship (2015) among others. In 2015 Svalbonas exhibited a solo installation at the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina. She is an assistant professor of photography at St. Joseph’s University. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

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