“I’s Closed, I’s Open: Aspects of the True Self”

I’s Closed, I’s Opened: The Inner Self 

Opening Reception: April 23, 5:00-7:00PM
On View: April 1 2017- August 30, 2017

I’s Closed, I’s Opened: The Inner Self is a series of head and shoulder photographic
diptychs, each one accompanied by a Haiku-like poem. In creating each portrait the
subjects are requested to think about their inner life. The first image is with eyes closed,
the second image with eyes open. After the photo session the subject wrote down his or
her thoughts and feelings. From these, Berghash and his wife Rachel, a poet, composed a
Haiku-like poem for each subject. Berghash’s intention in making these portraits is to
record aspects of a person’s true inner self.

In an article for Art F City in 2016, Rom Vaughan said, “Whether Berghash succeeds in
truthfully plumbing his subjects’ minds is known for certain only by them; but there is no
doubt that he strikes to the core of the precept that photography is significantly related to

Livia Straus, Director of HVCCA spoke of Berghash’s work saying, “His combination of
words and images create a powerful confessional mode that both reveals and hides.”
Among other institutions, Berghash’s work is included in collections of and has been
exhibited at The California Museum of Photography, Riverside; Dayton Art Institute,
Dayton, Ohio; Franklin Furnace Archive, NYC; International Center of Photography,
NYC; International Polaroid Collection; the Jewish Museum; NYC; Metropolitan
Museum of Art, NYC; MOMA NYC; Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel; and
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

As part of his exhibition at HVCCA, Mark Berghash will be photographing subjects,
especially first and second- generation immigrants from the Peekskill community on
April 1-2, 2017. Photographs taken for this project will be hung with exhibition of I’s
Closed, I’s Opened photographs.

The Berghash opening will follow VIEWFINDER, a new play by Donna Barkman,
directed by Mara Mills.


Event Location and Ticket Information

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Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
Handicap Accessible? No

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Times: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ticket pricing:

Presenter: HVCCA
Presenter Phone: 914-788-0100
Presenter Website: www.hvcca.org

Sponsor Message

This program is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.