With Rifts and Collapses

a solo exhibition by Hannah Altman

On View: June 9 – July 9, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 4–7 PM; Saturday, 1–4 PM
Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 6–8 PM
Artist Talk: Thursday, June 16, 2022, 6 PM RSVP>>

Gallery 263 is pleased to announce With Rifts and Collapses, the first-ever solo exhibition in New England by photographer Hannah Altman. This show is part of Gallery 263’s Exhibition Proposal Series, a competitive program juried by the staff and board of the gallery. In With Rifts and Collapses, Hannah Altman displays small and medium-scale images that consider Jewish storytelling and image making.

Jewish stories often consider the polarity of exile. With one hand they tend to ancestral wounds that compel the notion to shield and assimilate; with the other they knead an ancestral resilience that allows people to continually revisit actions, places, and objects as they fit into new spaces of care and translation. The Jewish portrayal of time is similarly elastic. Through repeated gestures sanctified by the setting sun, the past braids into the present, encouraging photographs woven with Jewish memories to mark time with open-ended narratives. 

Mirroring the ways that Jewish stories are shared, these images reject a static answer and repeat familiar symbols to stretch their hands across time, land, and set conclusions. Through photographs that explore Jewish narrative structures, iconography, and repetition, these images build rooted and incomplete worlds. To approach an image in this way is not only to ask what it looks like but asks, what does it remember like?

About the Artist

Hannah Altman is a Jewish-American artist from New Jersey who resides in Somerville, MA.  She holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her photographs interpret relationships between gestures, the body, lineage, and interior space. Altman’s work has been featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, Carnegie Museum of Art Storyboard, Huffington Post, and British Journal of Photography. She received the 2021 Lensculture Critics’ Choice Award and the 2022 Portraits Hellerau Photography Award first prize. Her first monograph, Kavana, published by Kris Graves Projects, is in the permanent collections of the MoMa Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J Watson Library.

Header Image: “Us,” Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 20 inches, Ed. 1/8 + 2 AP, 2022

View the Exhibition Virtually

With Rifts and Collapses
is now on view virtually thanks to the generosity of Rtangent. View the exhibition>>


Photographer Hannah Altman Explores What Makes a Jewish Photograph by Judy Bolton-Fasman for JewishBoston

Best Photo Picks June 2022 by Suzanne Révy and Elin Spring for What Will You Remember?

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