BRIDGET AND I
Photographs by Asia Kepka
October 14, 2014-December 4, 2014
Asia Kepka is a creative in all senses of the word. Whether on assignment for Time Magazine or photographing a personal project, Kepka approaches all efforts with exuberance and out of the box thinking. She brings humor and light-heartedness to most everything she touches.
Kepka’s series, Bridget and I, is featured in the Atelier Gallery at the Griffin Museum October 14 through December 4, 2014. An opening reception with the artist is October 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
“This series of large format self portraits is my visual journal,” says Asia Kepka. “Little did I know, when I first set up my 4×5 camera, that this project would become a place where I would note and record the stories of my life. These stories are of life, death, love, loss, my family, my past, present and future,” she said.
“I grew up in Poland and while there as a child I wanted to be a nun,” says Kepka. “Thirty -something years later I am now an immigrant, an artist, and a gay woman. Through Bridget and I I am trying to tell my story and the story of my mother and grandmother, whose lives had a strong influence on me. Also by putting myself into the images, the roles of Narrator, Observer and Subjects are blurred. This allows me to explore many issues in a slow and cathartic process, quite often unexpectedly.”
“Asia has been shooting herself with Bridget for ten years since she found her on craigslist and bought her for $100. Recently Kepka decided that the project would come to an end,” says Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography. “During our exhibit, Asia Kepka reveals the last image shot for this series. The image is called The Last Supper. It is a bittersweet moment for the audience as we have enjoyed the Bridget series tremendously. Nothing lasts forever as we all know so well. Kepka has changed and with that comes the desire to tell some different stories”
A gallery talk for museum members by Meg Birnbaum will take place at 6:15 p.m. October 18, 2014, prior to the opening reception for all exhibits.