Earlier in November I had the privilege of attending FotoWeek DC portfolio reviews. For the next few weeks I will be sharing the work of several photographers whose portfolios I reviewed.
I had seen Francis Crisafio’s work prior to meeting him at the review. His body of work Hold Up in the Hood has been exhibited in group exhibitions across the country including Filter Photo Festival in Chicago and The Fence project in Brooklyn, and has been making the rounds online. Francis presented a large selection of loose prints from different aspects of the project. There was a lot of work to go through, but since he was discussing the project as existing in book form, the larger edit made for a great discussion about what the book might encompass and how to select image for an exhibition when the book is finally published. We discussed independent publishers and possible venues where he could exhibit the work.
Artist statement for Hold Up in the Hood
HOLDUP in the HOOD is a body of work that documents an after-school arts program I co-authored and teach to inner city children in the Manchester section of Pittsburgh, PA. The program and my documentation have run successively for 10 years.
HOLDUP in the HOOD is both a personal and communal exploration of self that concerns the realization of making one’s mark. The focus of these photographs is on portraiture, both as an individual study and as a collective image. The subject matter incorporates drawings, re-cycled photographs and print media, as well as body gesture, to explore issues of race, class and gender.”
All images © Francis Crisafio