‘Messengers’ explores photography as communication | Virginia Tech News

Tarrah Krajnak 

A multidisciplinary artist working across photography, performance, and poetry, Krajnak focuses on the craft and material process of photography, printing all her own photographs. She uses analog cameras as a tool to examine ties between her body; her birthplace of Lima, Peru; and the invisible histories of both. Krajnak’s life experiences as an Indigenous transracial adoptee connect with much broader systems of socioeconomic inequality, corruption, and instability, and she employs her own transracial body, performing archival interventions to make visible marginalized histories and bodies hidden in the archive. “Messengers” features three series of works from Krajnak – “Black Messengers,” “Automatic Rocks/Excavation,” and “Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes.” 

Rodrigo Valenzuela 

Valenzuela’s work traverses photography, video, and installation, merging his interest in art history, architecture, the concept of work, and the realities of laborers. Valenzuela builds scenes in his studio, often working with simple building materials, and his compositions resemble miniature ruins built from studio detritus. The resulting monochrome photographs constantly shift between flatness and architectural space and between documentary photography and fiction. This exhibition features his newest series, “Garabatos,” which depicts his tableaux of wood and plaster sculptures painted white. Each image is meant to evoke figurative gestures of insults from varying nationalities, i.e. “flipping the bird.” Valenzuela is interested in abstract gestures that are part of the collective lexicon, a desperate attempt to communicate. 

“Messengers” will be on view from Thursday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, April 20.

Visiting the galleries

Located at 190 Alumni Mall, the Moss Arts Center’s galleries are open on Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The center offers many opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to engage with artists and their work. To arrange a group tour of the galleries, contact Laura Higgins.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. When not staffed for a special event, visitors may park in the garage by taking a ticket at entry and paying with Visa or Mastercard upon exit. Find more parking details online.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Jamie Wiggert at least 10 days prior to the event at 540-231-5300 or email [email protected] during regular business hours. 

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