Open call for crematoriums
International Artist-in-Residence Sarah Sudhoff is dying to get into a crematorium. (No? C’mon it’s October. Get in the spirit.) The photographer keeps hitting dead ends as she tries to gain access to a crematory facility for her Artpace project. “I’m drowning in red tape,” she explains. (No seriously. She said that.)
Illness and mortality are regular themes in Sudhoff’s projects, which include Hysteria (2008), Repository (2005-06), and At the Hour of Our Death (2010-ongoing), revealing and often very personal works that are as compelling as they are uncomfortable or—at times, to some—even repulsive. While she doesn’t want to disclose what she is working on during her Artpace residency, she does need an in to a crematorium. If you are reading this and you work at, own, or have some connection to a crematory facility, please contact Sudhoff at email@example.com.
Sudhoff’s newest project, Maternity Ward (2011-2012), opens at Gallery Nord this Saturday, October 6 from 5-8pm. Governing Bodies, an invitational exhibition curated by Kathy Armstrong, features artists whose works address the controversy of women’s health care in Texas, including Linda Arredondo, Phyllis Evans, Ana Laura de la Garza, Julia Barbosa Landois, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Jillian Pallone, Katie Pell, Catherine Winkler Rayroud, Hadar Sobol, Mary Mikel Stump, and Sudhoff, with performances by Marisela Barrera, Anna de Luna, Laurie Dietrich, and Mellissa Marlowe. Governing Bodies is on view through October 27.
Sudhoff holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a co-founder of the Austin Center for Photography. Sudhoff and fellow residents Dor Guez (Tel Aviv, Israel) and David Benjamin Sherry (Los Angeles, California) were selected for the third and final International Artists-in-Residence program of 2012 by guest curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Director and Chief Curator of the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. Their exhibitions at Artpace open on Thursday, November 15.
Image credit: Sarah Sudhoff, Nursery, Yorktown Hospital, 2011 (original measures 30 x 24 inches)