Kinship: Photography and Connection

May 20–November 26, 2023
Floor 3
Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

Kinship: Photography and Connection features six contemporary photographers who share a special affinity with their subjects. Relationships are fundamental to each artist’s practice, whether they are familial, platonic, romantic, cultural, or geographic in nature. In each case, the deep connection between the artist and their subject is elemental to the power of the resulting photographs.

For over twenty years, Alessandra Sanguinetti has photographed two cousins living in rural Argentina, exploring their relationship to each other and to the place where they live. In her series What She Said, Deanna Templeton pairs excerpts from her teenage diaries with photographs of young women whose grit and resilience she admires. Paul Mpagi Sepuya makes photographs of himself and his friends, exploring the construction of queer spaces and turning traditional modes of portraiture on its head. In his project Please Take off Your Shoes, Jarod Lew photographs other second generation Asian Americans navigating the gap between their own experience and those of their immigrant parents. The bonds shared between animals and humans figure prominently in the photographs Farah Al Qasimi has made in the United Arab Emirates, where she grew up. Unlike the other artists, Mercedes Dorame does not depict people; in her work included in the exhibition, her kinship connection is to her Gabrielino-Tongva ancestors and the land on which they lived.

Exhibition Preview

Alessandra Sanguinetti, The Necklace, 1999; courtesy the artist; © Alessandra Sanguinetti
Alessandra Sanguinetti, The Black Cloud, 2000; courtesy the artist; © Alessandra Sanguinetti
Deanna Templeton, Feed me, Huntington Beach, California, 2012; courtesy the artist; © Deanna Templeton
Deanna Templeton, Alexa and Briana, Huntington Beach, California, 2014; courtesy the artist; © Deanna Templeton
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Darkroom Mirror (_2140603), 2018; courtesy the artist, Bortolami Gallery, New York, DOCUMENT, Chicago, and Vielmetter Los Angeles; ©️ Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Figure (0x5A0918), 2019; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Michael D. Abrams; © Paul Mpagi Sepuya; photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Jarod Lew, The Most American Thing (Tina), 2021; courtesy the artist; © Jarod Lew
Jarod Lew, Please Take Off Your Shoes, 2021; courtesy the artist; © Jarod Lew
Farah Al Qasimi, Fish Market, 2022; courtesy the artist; © Farah Al Qasimi
Farah Al Qasimi, Snail, 2022; courtesy the artist; © Farah Al Qasimi
Mercedes Dorame, I Will Come from the Ocean – Mooomvene Kimaaro from the series Everywhere is West, 2022; courtesy the artist; © Mercedes Dorame
Mercedes Dorame, Two Worlds – Ooxor Tokuupar from the series Everywhere is West, 2022; courtesy the artist; © Mercedes Dorame

Major support for Kinship: Photography and Connection is provided by the Lisa Stone Pritzker Family Fund.

Generous support is provided by The Black Dog Private Foundation, Katie Hall and Tom Knutsen, Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, and Kate and Wes Mitchell.

Additional support is provided by James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen Endowment Fund and Christopher and Michele Meany.