Artist Statement

I photograph the natural human form with my subjects posing nude. Photographing naked bodies in nature is an amalgamation that has been seen throughout photography as an artistic and documentary medium since its inception in the mid 19th century. I challenge this tradition by disconnecting the subject and the viewer in an effort to break the stereotypical male gaze. In most instances, for example, the face is turned away or hidden from the onlooker, avoiding its gaze entirely. Rather than portraying women in a way men find appealing or attractive, I pose the subject in awkward positions, sometimes using grotesque props, as a means of pushing against the former notion of the male gaze. 

Bio

Elisabeth Ciaccio is an artist born and raised in the South, specifically the mountains of Western North Carolina in Asheville. In the spring of 2017 she left North Carolina to move to New York City. Ciaccio’s early work was driven largely by her surroundings of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the accessible natural beauty of the region. Upon moving to New York, Ciaccio found the lack of natural landscapes force a shift in her methodology. 

Education:

2011-2014 Bachelor of Arts in Photography, UNC-Asheville

2009-2010 Art, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College

Publications:

Elisabeth Ciaccio, “The Mask,” PLATEFORM Magazine, access date: December 11, 2017 plateformag.com/magazine/article/numero-106

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 “Looking through the Archies,” Phil’s, Brooklyn, NY

2016 “The Classics Re-Visited,” Toki Tattoo Shop & Gallery, Canton, NC

2014 “Implicit | Explicit: The Line Between Art and Porn,” Pink Dog Studios, Asheville, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019 “Grand Salon Show,” Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn NY, Juror: Shawn James

2018 “Bushwick Open Studios,” Space 776, Brooklyn NY

2018 “Fun House,” Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY, Jurors: Danijela Purssey and Istvan Banyai

2018 “LORE: Exploring Fear,” Specto Art Space, Bridgewater, VA Juror: Jeremiah Morris

2018 “Mnemonic,” H. Gallery, Ventura, CA Juror: Michael Miner

2018 “Krappy Kamera,” SoHo Photo Gallery, Manhattan, NY Juror: Sandra Carrion

2018 “Grand Salon Show,” The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Juror: Shawn James

2017 “Holiday Salon Show,” The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Juror: Shawn James

2017 “Winter Grand Salon Show,” The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Juror: Shawn James. artist

2017 “People’s Choice Double Decker Salon Show,” The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Juror: Shawn James, artist

2017 “Color: Photography Now,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR Juror: Todd Johnson, artist

2017 “Somerville Toy Camera Festival,” Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

2017 “Photo Shoot: 2017,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR Juror: Todd Johnson, artist

2017 “Portraiture: Looking at Photography,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR Juror: Annick Sjobakken, artist

2017 “Brooklyn Open Studios,” Space 776, Brooklyn, NY

2015 “PBR Art Show Case,” Mothlight Gallery, Asheville, NC

2014 “47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition,” UNCA, Asheville, NC Juror: Ron Fondaw, artist.

2013 “46th Annual Juried Student Exhibition”, UNCA, Asheville, NC Juror: John Oles, artist

2010 “6th Annual Student Art Show”, AB-Tech Community College, Asheville, NC

Contact

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elisabeth.ciaccio@gmail.com

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