artist statement



In Transition is a series of interdependent portrait performances by Palazzolo and adults living at transitional housing facilities in the Bronx. Each performance is a hybridization of the portraitist drawing the subject with self-portraiture. The pair usually invite onlookers to join-in. This additional contribution often includes conversation and documenting the process via photography, audio and videotaping. As multiple points of view come into the mix, the ensemble breaks farther and farther away from the canonical formations of portraiture. The portrait performances aim to elevate the dignity of the adults through the emancipatory potential of representing oneself as they want to be seen and gaining acceptance in one's community.

In the online gallery red asterisks denote additional multimedia is available. All of the documentation for each interdependent portrait performance is supported by signed consent of the participants.

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