Light Work presents “Caribbean Dreams” by Brooklyn-based photographer Samantha Box

Light Work presents “Caribbean Dreams” by Brooklyn-based photographer Samantha Box. Opened Thursday, September 1 at Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery of Light Work, this solo exhibition is a series of intricate still lifes of personal, family and regional objects, heirlooms, fruits, vegetables and plants, on which collages of Samantha Box family and vernacular images, fruit stickers, packaging and receipts. Departing from previous methods and subjects, these experimental and unpredictable constructions embody Box’s exploration of multiple diasporic Caribbean histories and identities.

“Caribbean Dreams” will continue until Thursday, October 13. The reception with Samantha Box and her gallery presentation will be Thursday, September 1 at 6 p.m. at the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, with light refreshments. Find Light Work at the Robert B. Menschel Media Center at 316 Waverly Ave. in Syracuse.

Construction #1(1), 2018 (Photo by Samantha Box, courtesy of Light Work)

About “Caribbean Dreams”

How can a work of art be risky? In artistic practice, unlike the way artistic language often reduces “risk” to nonsense and/or applies the term ubiquitously, risk is often a matter of expectations. This meaning is at the center of Samantha Box’s new solo exhibition. In conversation with exhibition curator Dan Boardman during a studio visit, Box reflected on his new body of work. “I started to really appreciate the risk during the last couple of years of this job, when I started wanting to make images that went into spaces that felt weird and wild and unexplored,” says Box. “I had to give myself permission to take pictures that only made sense to me – total risk.” With “Caribbean Dreams,” Box deftly crosses this edge, expanding his approach to image-making and his new subject matter. This allows him to blend personal, familial and relevant regional materials into raw, experimental and unpredictable compositions. She fills each frame with discovery, intuition and restless innovations that explore and layer multiple diasporic Caribbean histories and identities.

Exhibition catalog

Samantha Box’s exhibition catalog, “Contact Sheet 218”, and limited edition signed prints titled “Tropical Family Portrait, 2020” will be available for purchase after the reception and in Light Work’s online store.

portrait of Samantha Box

Samantha Box (portrait courtesy of the artist)

Biography of the artist

Samantha Box is a Jamaican-born, Bronx-based photographer. She has exhibited works at the DePaul Art Museum, the Houston Center of Photography, the ICP Museum, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Box has been artist-in-residence at Woodstock Photography Center and Light Work. She earned a Masters in Advanced Photographic Studies from the International Center of Photography/Bard College (2019) and a Certificate in Photojournalism and Documentary Studies from the International Center of Photography (2006). She has twice received the NYFA Fellowship in Photography (2010 and 2022)

Associated programming

Light Work offers additional programming in its gallery spaces to support exhibition-related events, conversations and visits. With great excitement, we announce that the “2022 Light Work Grants in Photography: Carlton Daniel, Jr. Lacey McKinney, Sarah Phyllis Smith” will be presented simultaneously in the Hallway Gallery of Light Work.

Gallery hours, admission and general information

Find the galleries of Light Work at the Robert B. Menschel Media Center, 316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Light Work closes on all public holidays. Contact Light Work to schedule a guided tour of the galleries or the Light Work Lab. Follow Light Work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For general information, please visit, call 315.443.1300, or email [email protected]

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