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Annual Community Open House
Please join us for our Open House on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Starting at 2 PM,
TGAI students will share their work with our community.
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We Are Proud to Present
ONE YEAR ON KYTHERA,
Photographs by Kristina Williamson
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, December 11,
2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Gap Theater, 47 Broadway Wind Gap, PA 18091. We are delighted
to have the opportunity to share Ms. Williamson’s work with the community. She is a local-born artist,
Pen Argyl High School alumna (class of ‘98), and Fulbright Scholar who, in her own words, describes
the Slate Belt area as a wealth of inspiration to her work. The evening’s program will feature a
presentation by the artist of her work followed by a book signing and wine reception courtesy of
Franklin Hill Vineyards. A portion of the proceeds of the event will be donated to the Totts Gap Arts
Institute Scholarship Fund.
In her first monograph publication, Kristina Williamson explores the intersection of art, ethnography,
and globalization in her close study of the Greek island of Kythera. In intimate photographs that cut
across genres—landscapes, portraits, interiors—Williamson explores themes of memory and tradition
in the faces of those who stay and the absences of those who leave. These images—shot in gorgeous
35mm film—eschew nostalgia and often probe deeper to a level of the everyday surreal, an ongoing
theme in Williamson’s work.
“Few young artists have the depth of artistic vision that informs Ms. Williamson’s photography. Her
images are complex and sophisticated psychological essays. Her photographic record of island life
and society is a study crucial to its history and serves as comparison in determining both the changes
and the survival of the island’s social and geographic landscapes,” says Artemis Zenetou, Executive
Director of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece of her work.
With the help of a J. William Fulbright grant, Williamson spent over a year photographing contemporary
life on Kythera. Over the years, the island has suffered from massive waves of emigration of its
people abroad to the point of near depopulation. This exodus caused the population of Kythera to
drop from about 13,000 at the beginning of the twentieth century to a current mid-winter population
of 3,000, leaving entire villages stripped of younger generations and some completely abandoned.
To the remaining Kytherians, these deserted homes and communities stand as visual reminders of a
society once unified by tradition and now transformed by ambitions of a different life abroad.
KRISTINA WILLIAMSON is an American artist born in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania in 1980. She
holds a BFA in photography from Parsons The New School of Design in New York and was
awarded a Fulbright grant to photograph life on the Greek island of Kythera. Her work has been
featured in solo exhibitions in Greece, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as various group
exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Williamson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.