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New Photography from the Pacific Northwest

July 31, 2020 - August 14, 2020

A black and white image of two people sitting on a tile floor next to a sliding glass door, with only their legs in view. One person pulls on the toe of a white sock worn by the other person. Bright light shines through the glass door creating dramatic shadows.

Melanie Flood Projects in collaboration with curator Yaelle Amir, is pleased to present seven solo online exhibitions of photographers based in the Pacific Northwest from July 31 to August 14, 2020. A new artist will take center stage every two days with all exhibitions archived on the website for ongoing inquiry and access.

Rydel Cerezo  July 31
Cristal Tappan August 2
Mikai Arion  August 4
Emma Ray-Wong August 6
Stefan Gonzales August 8
M Prull August 10
Ricardo Nagaoka August 12

This exhibition stemmed from our mutual curiosity about emerging photography made in the Pacific Northwest. Our research began in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and concluded at the start of a major social upheaval in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against police brutality. These historical realities informed many of the conversations we had with the artists during our studio visits, ultimately becoming an inextricable part of our final selections. These deeply intimate bodies of work include reflections on personal identity, the complex experience of sheltering in place, negotiating family dynamics, shifting access to work, and the reality of being an emerging artist in a post-pandemic world. —Yaelle Amir and Melanie Flood, Exhibition curators

Yaelle S. Amir is a curator and researcher with a primary focus on artists whose practices supplement the initiatives of existing social movements, rendering themes within those struggles in ways that both interrogate these issues and promote them to a wider audience. Yaelle’s programming has appeared in art institutions throughout the United States including Artists Space (NY), CUE Art Foundation (NY), The Elizabeth Foundation (NY), Franklin Street Works (CT), Holding Contemporary (OR), and Marginal Utility (PA) among many others. She has held curatorial and research positions at major institutions including MoMA NY, the International Center of Photography, and New York University. In Portland, she was curator of exhibitions and public programs at Newspace Center for Photography and recently curated the Portland2019 Biennial. For more information about her work visit www.yaelleamir.com.


Wheelchair accessible
BIPOC artist(s), Women-owned, Women curated, Women artist(s)
Event Type
Pandemic Info


Melanie Flood Projects
420 SW Washington St., #301
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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