Teresa Munisteri: Strangers to Darkness

  June 6 - July 27

On view at Wells Fargo Plaza: June 6 - July 27, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, June 6, 5pm
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 1000 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston Center for Photography presents an exhibition at Wells Fargo Plaza gallery of Teresa Munisteri's Strangers to Darkness. Curated by Bevin Bering Dubrowski and Caroline Docwra.

“But shadows spread, and deepened, and stayed. After thousands of years we’re still strangers to darkness, fearful aliens in an enemy camp with our arms crossed over our chests. I stirred.”
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

My recent series Strangers to Darkness traverses a dormant world, blanketed in shadows and illuminated by streetlamps and constellations. Through the lens I explore the night during that quiet hour when it seems as though the rest of the world is in slumber and when the secret pleasures of looking are all mine. Like Annie Dillard, I find myself watching the day turn into night with mixed feelings of fear, mystery, and longing. There is hope in every distant light and the coming dawn. My figure haunts the picture frame--watching and waiting. Darkness is where evil lurks, creatures hunt, secrets take shape, and loneliness is most acute. Through this series of images I seek to confront nightmares, fantasies, and my own personal fear of isolation. The very act of exposing the negative becomes an act of looking and being seen.

-Teresa Munisteri

Participating Artists

Teresa Munisteri

Teresa Munisteri (b. 1984, Houston, Texas) grew up in the southern United States and spent her youth in The Netherlands and Italy. Munisteri currently resides in Houston, Texas where she works as an artist, educator, and installation specialist. She holds an M.F.A. in photography from the University of North Texas (2012) and a B.A. cum laude from Rice University (2006). Landscape, performance and the figure play important roles in her work, which encompasses photography and video. Munisteri's work has been exhibited at RayKo Gallery San Francisco, PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont, Oak Cliff Cultural Center in Dallas, and the LensCapsule in conjunction with FotoFest 2012. Her photographs are included in permanent and private collections in the United States, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Munisteri is currently an instructor at HCP.

Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 1000 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
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