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Saturday, 10 February 2018 to Saturday, 17 March 2018
Saturday, 10 February 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Sean Kelly is delighted to present 15 [Quince], an exhibition of Frank Thiel’s newest photographs taken over a two-year period throughout the fifteen municipalities of Havana.  In this body of work Thiel focuses on the first generation of millennials born in 2000 to celebrate their Quince, a ubiquitous rite of passage for young women in Latin American cultures. This will be Thiel’s first solo exhibition in New York since 2014 and his sixth with the gallery. There will be an opening reception on February 10, 2018. The artist will be present.

Across most Latin communities, the Quince tradition recognizes a Quinceañera’s transition from childhood to adulthood and is considered among life’s most important events. An essential element of the celebration is having professional photographs taken of the Quinceañera often in elaborate dresses and in fantasy settings. With this project, Thiel recontextualized his young subjects; eschewing these hyper-stylized scenarios in which they are often depicted. He photographed them in their own neighborhoods, in locations and settings atypical to traditional Quinceañera photography. This latest body of work reflects Thiel’s extensive research conducted throughout Cuba over a number of years. Thiel and his Cuban team worked closely with the young women and their families to create a complex visual journey through Havana’s urban landscape, providing an intimate depiction of a city that is often idealized and romanticized.

Thiel is widely known for his photographs exploring transformation, such as his series tracing the political reverberations—through architecture—of post-Wall Berlin and the passage of time through glacial formations in Patagonia. With 15 [Quince], Thiel once again addresses themes of transition. Offering a visual metaphor of empowered young women coming of age and representing the future of Cuba, he juxtaposes them against the shifting social and economic climate of the city. Just as these fifteen-year-olds embody a state of flux, hovering in a state between childhood and adulthood, Cuba remains in a state of uncertain transition, its future evolving like that of these young women.

Frank Thiel has exhibited extensively in museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, his work is featured in prominent international collections including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofîa, Madrid, Spain; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland to name a few. He has participated in exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Centre Pompidou-Metz, France; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany among others. He participated in the 48th Venice Biennale, Italy, 1999, the XXV Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil, 2002, and the 14th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2004. Thiel lives and works in Berlin.

Artist ( Name ):

212 239 1181
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475 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 10018

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