LUZ DEL DÍA: Copyrighting the Light of Day

Rochester NY Region

LUZ DEL DÍA: Copyrighting the Light of Day

Rochester NY Region

Flower City Arts Center
(ROCHESTER, NY – February 2, 2017) This winter the Photography program at
Flower City Arts Center is proud to display LUZ DEL DÍA: Copyrighting the Light
of Day, an exhibition of new work by artist-in-residence Stephanie Mercedes.
Exhibition Dates: March 3 - 31, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 6-9pm
Where: Photography Gallery. Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Avenue,
Rochester NY 14607
Who: Open to the public
Cost: FREE
LUZ DEL DÍA: Copyrighting the Light of Day is Stephanie Mercedes’ response to
the Argentine Bill No. 2517-D-2015 that would erase all photographic
remnants of the Dirty War from public access. With this project Mercedes
attempts to preserve the archive by copyrighting "the light of day" of each
image. The exhibition will consist of negatives and altered photographs
displayed on light boxes illustrating the process of preserving the archive.
Primarily a performance artist, Mercedes arrived at Flower City Arts Center with
no previous experience working in a photography darkroom:
It has been a privilege and a honor to join the Flower City Arts Center
community. Not only have they welcomed me and my work with open
arms, but the entire center and their amazing staff's knowledge of film
photography is awe-inspiring. In a few short weeks, with guidance and
access to their facilitates I been able to learn how to process and develop
film, a essential component of my current project and something that
- more -
would have been very difficult without this residency. A project that
seemed almost impossible a few months ago, might actually be realized
and it is all thanks to the support and encouragement of the Flower City
Art Center! Their commitment to the medium of photography and
investment in young artists such as myself has already made a dramatic
difference in my own practice - and I have no doubt they will continue to
support and nurture vital cultural producers to come. — Stephanie
Mercedes, 2017 Artist-in-Residence
Mercedes will be in residence at the Center through April 30th. In addition to
her exhibition LUZ DEL DÍA she is also presenting the Art & Politics Workshop
Series at the Center in March & April. For more information:
About Stephanie Mercedes
Stephanie Mercedes is a Argentinian/American performance artist who
graduated from Smith College with a degree in Latin American Politics and
Studio Art. She was a recent Art + Law Fellow, and will be having her first solo
show in the United States this February at Common Ground Gallery. Mercedes
has performed and exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland and the
About the Photography Artist-in-Residency Program
The Photography residency program at Flower City Arts Center prides itself on
bridging art and education through community engagement. Residency periods
range from 6 weeks to 12 months. The program brings in 3-4 artists per year.
For more information:
About Flower City Arts Center
Flower City Arts Center is a community-based not-for-profit that educates,
encourages and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. As a
member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the
organization is committed to making high-quality arts education available to all.
Flower City Arts Center, formerly Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, has been operating since 1970. Flower City Arts Center is a darkroom and
photography facility, a pottery workshop, and a printing and book arts center.
Support of Flower City Arts Center benefits youth outreach programs and
programs for the community. All of the money raised stays in Rochester and
directly benefits members of the Rochester community. The Center uses its resources to provide youth programs in schools, offers over 140 classes to the
general public, and rents space to artists and others interested in the visual
arts. Internships, facilities for advanced area arts students and resource
facilities for anyone interested in book arts, photography and pottery are also
available. Three galleries in the building serve as exhibit space for local,
regional and national artists.
For more information, contact the Flower City Arts Center Administrative Office
at 585-244-1730, or visit our website at
Megan Charland
Flower City Arts Center
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