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The Nature of Your Departure

Dec 3 – Jan 9, 2022

The Nature of Your Departure presents the work of four artists and current MFA candidates in Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Together, they departed normalcy when the pandemic interrupted their graduate studies and, in response, they made work about looking forward, not back. Each of their projects engages with the necessity of leaving behind the accepted – accepted understandings of culture, nature, race, gender, and family. Though working in photography, none of these artists record the world only as it is; instead they create amalgams of reality and vision. These photographic projects are quietly subversive interventions. Andriana Nativio’s black and white photographs show two young girls exploring vast forests and fields, alone and unafraid. Claude Eshun’s color photographs reveal the pressures and dreams of a black African immigrant mother and son, navigating identities and balancing precariously in white America. In Jacob Geiger’s installation, photographs of dense landscapes are projected onto fragile slices of glass, fragmenting expectations of a coherent perspective of nature. Tabitha Barnard makes color photographs challenging and embracing the tender limits of family, culture, and care. These four artists found in photography templates for departures – they created new ways of seeing to depart worn ways of being. —S. Billie Mandle, 2021

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2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition (Part I) | MassArt x SoWa


Apr 29 – May 14, 2023

Speculative Futurisms | MassArt x SoWa | Dennis Svoronos

Speculative Futurisms

Mar 11 – Apr 23, 2023

The Hour of Lead | MassArt x SoWa

The Hour of Lead

Jan 14 – Mar 5, 2023

2022 Design Biennial | MassArt x SoWa | Installation View | Meyer + Smillie

2022 Design Biennial

Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2023

The New Drawing Room | MassArt x SoWa | Karmimadeebora McMillan

The New Drawing Room

Aug 20 – Sep 25, 2022

Material Agency | MassArt SoWa | Stephanie Cardon


May 28 – Jul 17, 2022


Apr 23 – May 22, 2022

SOURCE at MassArt x SoWa 2022


Mar 12 – Apr 17, 2022

Triple Oscillation // MassArt x SoWa

Triple Oscillation

Jan 15 – Mar 6, 2022

The Nature of Your Departure

Dec 3 – Jan 9, 2022

Yeah, I'm Doing Great | MassArt x SoWa | Installation Shot

Yeah, I'm Doing Great

Oct 30 – Nov 28, 2021

Zaire Love | MassArt x SoWa Protest and Power

Protest and Power

Sep 24 – Oct 24, 2021

2021 MFA Spring Thesis

May 3 – Jun 6, 2021