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Kings Highway Library

Exhibition Detail
Empathies & Revelations: Paolo Morales and Emily Holzknecht
Curated by: Yulia Tikhonova
2115 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229

February 11th, 2012 - February 28th, 2012
February 11th, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Juliet, Emily HolzknechtEmily Holzknecht, Juliet,
2010, Digital c-print, 24x20 inches
© Emily Holzknecht
My mother having her hair washed, Paolo MoralesPaolo Morales, My mother having her hair washed,
2011, Digital c-print, 24x20 inches
© Paolo Morales
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United States
718 375 3037
M: 10-6, T-TH: 10-8, F: 10-6; S: 10-5, SU: 1-5

EMPATHIES & REVELATIONS brings together two emerging photographers who

explore the states of isolation and loneliness as revealed to them by people.

The women’s perspectives in which embrace their roles as care-takers is the focus of the

work included in this exhibition. Paolo Morales photographed his distant relatives and

acquaintances on his recent trip to Philippines whilst Emily Holzknecht directs her camera

at Juliet, an 80-year old women suffering from dementia, who is tucked away in an assisted

living facility.

Both artists establish an empathy with their subjects in an effort to reveal how these

individuals make sense of the world around them as they draw further away from it. During

this experience the camera became a tool for both Paolo and Emily to explore their own

personal identity quest, into which the photographers are compelled as they engage their

subjects. However both artists approach their subjects from the position of one who is an

outsider. Morales’ images are tinted by his seemingly objective position caused by his

divergent identities as both a Filipino and as an American. Holzknecht who met Juliet

through her research is fascinated by the complexity of an old woman’s behavior and the

alienation she experiences personally, looking at death through Juliet’s face.

Both artists attempt to capture a limbo state, which exist between life and death. Death and

memory are the interweaving themes of this project. Although the women photographed

are alive, the images give way their condition of suspended time.

Both artists appear to experience a sense of dislocation that stems from being both foreign

and familiar while engaging to their subjects. Ultimately their artistic goal is to discover

themselves: in looking at how we live at the end of our lives, and what we as artists reveal

and what is revealed to us in the process.


Emily Holzknecht was born and raised in northern New Jersey and is currently a BFA

candidate at The Art Institute of Boston. Always an avid reader, her interest in humanity

and narrative lead her to develop a strong interest in the photographic portrait and its

power to simultaneously reveal and obfuscate. Her work has been exhibited at the

Photographic Resource Center and Laconia Gallery in Boston.

Paolo Morales is a photographer and BFA candidate at the Art Institute of Boston. He

has exhibited work at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, C Street Gallery,

Trevor Day School and Gallery 44, among others. His editorial work has appeared on the

cover of College Magazine. In 2010, he curated a show entitled Select Gender at the

Farmani Gallery in Brooklyn. He lives in New York and Boston.

EMPATHIES & REVELATIONS is the part of the series Boro to Boro: Artists in Libraries

that has been curated by Yulia Tikhonova, Brooklyn House of Kulture in conjunction

with the Brooklyn Public Library network. This series gives artists the opportunity to work

within communities and to promote art that enhances public good.

This exhibition is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of

the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administrated by Brooklyn Arts Council


Brooklyn House of Kulture

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