Patricia Galagan: 2013 Critical Mass Exhibition Award Winner

April 2, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Josie and Miguel
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

The Catch
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Dog with a Cold
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Gloves
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Girl with Pillow
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Mobile Phone
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Cotton Candy
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

This Knife
2010
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Coconut Break
2010
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Odalisque
2011
digital pigment print
17" X 22"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Sacred Heart with Fan
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

The Namesake
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

China Collection
2011
digital pigment print
17" X 22"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

The Comrade
2011
digital pigment print
17" X 22"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Snow White and Refrigerator
2011
digital pigment print
17" X 22"

image © Patricia Galagan

Morning Smoke
2010
digital pigment print
17" X 22"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Sleeping Man and Dogs
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

The Allotment
2010
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

The Seminarian
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Bedroom Suite
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Dressing Table
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Shrine
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Room for Two
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Waiting for Mia
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Work Hard; Play Harder
2011
digital pigment print
22" X 17"

image © Patricia Galagan
$600

Patricia Galagan: 2013 Critical Mass Exhibition Award Winner

Objects of Desire

For her series Objects of Desire, artist Patricia Galagan asked the people she photographed to pose with something of great significance to them. Galagan embarked upon this project in Havana, Cuba, where she noted that possessions, at least for the individuals pictured here, were scarce. In many cases, these black-and-white portraits feature another person or an animal in lieu of an inanimate object, emphasizing personal relationships and the connection to one’s past rather than a desire to consume. The sumptuous tonal range of each print also draws attention to the beauty of everyday life even in spite of a lack of possessions.

As Galagan writes about the series, “Many of the objects that people cherish today in Havana are from a past way of life. Their survival gives them a poignant importance to their owners and for an observer, makes them metaphors for endurance. In America, many people define themselves by their possessions. In Cuba, the opposite is true: people define themselves in ways that only rarely include objects of desire.”

Patricia Galagan is a photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature as well as a Master’s degree in English from George Mason University. Although photography interested her at an early age, Galagan recently returned to working full-time in the medium after a career as a writer and an editor. She has exhibited her work at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas; PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont; the Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show in 2011 and 2012; and the InSight: Women’s Photography exhibition in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012.

Objects of Desire is the 2013 Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award presented in collaboration with Photolucida during Portland Photo Month.