PRESS RELEASE Exhibition Title: Your Witness Artists: Rafael Soldi & Jenny Riffle Dates: November 8 – December 12, 2012 Location: SSCC Gallery Contact: Tracy Cilona, Tracy.Cilona@seattlecolleges.edu
“To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.” ~Clara Ortega
Rafael Soldi & Jenny Riffle are pleased to announce Your Witness, a two-person exhibition at the South Seattle Community College Gallery. Soldi and Riffle both present large-format color photographs documenting their younger sisters. “I have been photographing my sister Emily since the day I picked up a camera,” writes Riffle, “she has been my most constant muse.” Equally, Soldi has been documenting his younger sister Micaela’s coming-of-age for the last five years. Both artists are separated by a decade from their subjects and have watched through the lens as they grow from child to young adult.
Soldi writes, “In 1996 Micaela changed my family by the mere act of being born, it bound it in the most powerful of ways. Over the years I’ve watched my sister grow, and allowed for the generation gap to trigger in me an interest in recording her coming-of-age. We live in different continents and it is difficult to watch her grow from afar.”
Riffle has photographed her sister on her birthday every year since 2005 and writes; “My sister and I are eleven years apart, which allows me to watch her from a distance, instead of going through the same growing pains as she is. I compare and contrast our lives and study her with special intensity and fascination as she grows into a young woman, losing the innocence of childhood.”
Artist bios: Jenny Riffle is Seattle-based photography and holds BA from Bard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She received the juror’s award at Newspace Center for Photography’s 2012 juried exhibition and was awarded a solo show in 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally and she has been published in The Collector's Guide to Emerging Art Photography, The Stranger and Visionaire.
Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian-born, Seattle based photographer. He holds BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rafael’s work has been exhibited internationally and published in PDNedu, Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography, Gutter Magazine, Flak Photo and Humble Arts Foundation. He is a 2012 Magenta Foundation Flash For ward Award US winner. His work is in the permanent collection of the Tacoma Art Museum and numerous private collections.