Calvin Faculty Media Mention: Jennifer Steensma Hoag

Calvin College Photography Professor, Jennifer Steensma Hoag, has been recently featured on the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography‘s website for her portfolio submission to the 2016 Filter Photo Festival in Chicago.

Abe, Kyohei, “In Review 2016: Filter Photo.” Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (3 November 2016). 

 Kyohei Abe, DCCP executive director, writes: 

As always, it was absolutely delightful to review such an amazing group of artists at the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago this year. The work is wide ranging and diverse. The photographers displayed a plethora of styles, interpretations, content, and genres of photographic exploration.

On her work and practice, Steensma Hoag shares:

In 2015 I negotiated access to photograph dioramas in various stages of being decommissioned. Using these fictional spaces to create imaginary scenes of my own, I introduced a worker wearing a white Hazmat suit, making notes of his observations.
Rachel Poliquin, in her book The Breathless Zoo, writes that “Taxidermy is deeply marked by human longing,” revealing our hopes and dreams about our place in the natural world. Broken Models refers to the deteriorating dioramas I photographed and our failed construct of the environment as one of inexhaustible resources and the resiliency to accommodate, unchanged to our abuses.

See selected works by Jennifer and read the full article here.

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