Homewood Studios Events Archive
June 25, 2020- July 16, 2020
MADALINA KELNER: Behind the Veil
The second of our Inside-Out Summer of Covid-19 window shows, Behind the Veil, introduces the photography work of Madalina Kelner, recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts and graduate of Perpich High School for the Arts, to our Homewood Studios audience.
About this impressive, ground-breaking and moving series of photographs, Madalina writes:
If you are a member of a marginalized group, you often feel the presence of a veil between you and the rest of society. There are people who cannot relate to you and there are times you feel seen but not heard. Sound is drowned out as if you are behind glass or underwater, but your lifestyle and/or physical traits are fascinating enough for people to look at you and ask questions uninvited. I created a way to make this elusive veil tangible by working with models who represented their respective marginalized groups. Each person freely manipulated sheer fabric underwater with one or both of their hands while I took photographs. Some of the models felt the veil was heavier and more opaque, while others felt it was lighter and more transparent. The varying opacities of fabric within the collection communicates the societal impact the model feels. Many political and social issues still stand in the way of mutual understanding, separating minority groups from majority groups. As an adopted artist with disabilities, I know the veil still exists and needs to be lifted, but first, it must be addressed. The individuals that modeled, regardless of how strong a presence the veil has on them are proud of who they are and what they have accomplished so far in their lives.
As a way of experimenting with the demands of the Covid-19 virus, two semi-public events are included in the planning for this show. The first, in place of an opening reception, Madalina will host a Zoom opening* on Thursday, June 25th, from the gallery beginning at 7pm and going for an hour. The second event, "Meet the Artist," on Sunday, June 28th from 1pm to 4pm, will give visitors strolling by the show the opportunity to meet and talk with Madalina. She will be outside the gallery, wearing a mask and keeping social distance, to chat with anyone who comes by. (In case of inclement weather, this event will move to Sunday, July 5, the same hours.)
*The Zoom link for for Madalina's opening will be on her website madalinak.com/galleries on June 25th.
From Mike Hazard:
Tressa and I much enjoy your pictures.
From Molly Koletz:
Very impressive installation with a timely message!
From Madalina Kelner:
Behind The Veil Reflection