Zoe Strauss, Works in Progress
Curated by Abigail Guay and Gretchen L. Wagner

Open Satellite presents the first Northwest solo exhibition of Philadelphia-based photographer and installation artist Zoe Strauss. Focusing her camera on the gritty neighborhoods of her hometown, Strauss creates tough, emotional portraits of the residents and architecture populating the streets of South Philadelphia, Kensington, and other working class areas. Her images, each considered part of a larger series begun in 2000, are ferocious studies of the American inner city.

In the Seattle metropolitan area, Strauss continues her visual study of broken promises engendered by failed social and economic programs. Specifically, she looks to the transitional Factoria neighborhood of Bellevue, citing the district's ambitious, yet unfulfilled, intentions-suggested by its name-to become an industrial manufacturing hub.

Strauss exhibits new Seattle-area photographs and a selection of her earlier work as projections and large-format prints.

Born in Philadelphia, Strauss received a camera for her thirtieth birthday and started taking pictures of life in the city's neighborhoods. She has had solo exhibitions at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, Acuna-Hansen Gallery in Los Angeles, and Silverstein Photography in New York. In 2005, she received a Pew Fellowship, and in 2007, a fellowship from United States Artists.

Photo: how do I look?, 2007


Exhibition Dates
December 1, 2007-January 12, 2008

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Opening Event
Saturday, December 1, 6-9 PM
Slide Show 7 PM

Artist Lecture
Thursday, January 3, 7 PM
Henry Art Gallery Auditorium, Free

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Photography credits: Richard Nicol

  • Detail I-95 (Add it to Your)
  • Detail I-95 (Bear on TV in Motel Lobby)
  • Detail I-95 (Truth or Consequences Couple)

Photographer credit: Zoe Strauss