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XL Projects to exhibit 'New Directions in Photography'

What does it mean to be an art photographer today? In the exhibition "New Directions in Photography," the third-year art photography graduate students in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) prove that the photographic medium has outgrown its traditional function as singular-print-on-the-wall and is now an expanded practice that includes video, sculpture, installation and performance.

"New Directions" will be on view March 9 to 27 at XL Projects, 307-313 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. The show is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held Thursday, March 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition can also be viewed during Syracuse's Th3 Third Thursday on Thursday, March 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as during regular gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Although the four photographers-Sarah Zamecnik, Shimpei Shirafuji, Jeffrey Einhorn and Colleen Woolpert-push their work in different directions, one belief unites them: the image is paramount, whether it is static or in motion; surrounded by a frame or mounted to a sculptural form; printed on paper or projected onto surfaces; silent or accompanied by sound. It operates sometimes as documentation, other times as replication or appropriation. It is used variously to depict truths or to create fictions derived from truths or the realm of the artist's imagination.

About the artists:

Woolpert creates video, sculpture, installation and performance pieces that utilize the image to explore relationships between the real and the illusory, the surface and the depths and, ultimately, between the artist and the viewer.

Zamecnik is interested in the way objects symbolize meaning in our lives. To archive her own life, she creates personal narratives by arranging objects into still-life compositions. In other projects, she documents objects left behind in the shared community space in her apartment complex. She then juxtaposes these images to construct displays of "yours and mine."

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