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"Stories from the Kitchen Table"
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Astrid Reischwitz, Kartoffelroden (Harvesting Potatoes), 2015
I have created "Stories from the Kitchen Table" to preserve and honor a fading way of life in my childhood home. Going home means traveling back to my family's old farmhouse in a small village in Germany. I document my childhood home, the people who passed through, and what, one day soon, will be left behind. The very essence of home is gathering around the kitchen table to sit down to a meal with family and friends and share stories old and new.
The composite images include old family photos combined with what I see today when I return home. I add flowers and fragmented images of fabric (dating back to 1799) that were passed down from generation to generation. I create these images not only to keep the tales alive in my memory but also to honor my family, especially the women who lived and worked under the roof of this farmhouse.
Photographer Astrid Reischwitz' latest portfolios have transitioned to a personal and
more conceptual perspective. Stories from the Kitchen Table explores her heritage
and the meaning of home. In The Bedroom Project she creates intimate portraits,
bringing personal spaces into public view. In The Gift of Regret she turns the camera
inward in an exploration of her own history and values. An earlier portfolio, Street Art,
reflected outward towards street art murals and the diversity of urban life.
Solo exhibitions of Street Art include: the Griffin Museum of Photography,
Photographic Resource Center at Boston University (NEO), Firehouse Center for the
Arts Newburyport, Munroe Center for the Arts Lexington, and Boston Public
Library. The Bedroom Project was featured at Danforth Art Museum and Cambridge
Art Association (CAA). Expectations, an earlier black and white series focusing on the
shapes of pregnant women, was exhibited at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts,
Reischwitz's photographs have appeared in juried group exhibitions at the Danforth
Museum of Art, Off the Wall and New England Photography Biennial; CAA National
Prize Show, Red, Blue (Best in Show), and Platinum (Best in Show); Photo Place Gallery
VT (Jurors' Choice Award); Gallery Seven, Maynard MA; Bedford (MA) Free Public
Library; Brush Gallery Lowell MA; Concord Art Association (Prize for Best
Photography), Frances N. Roddy Open Competition (Third Prize); Houston Center for
Photography; Vermont Center for Photography; Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury VT;
The Curated Fridge, Boston MA; Massachusetts Convention Center with
Photographic Resource Center Boston; and DeCordova Museum School Gallery,
Lincoln MA. She received a Silver Medal Award in the San Francisco International
Photography Exhibition and was selected as one of Top 100 for Review Santa Fe
Photo Festival. She is a Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist and winner of the 2016
International Portfolio Competition, Soho Photo Gallery, New York.
Her photographs have been published in the Boston Globe, the Lexington
Minuteman, the Newburyport Current, the Bedford Minuteman, Armenian Weekly,
and other publications. Her work was also published online on LensCulture and
appeared on Lenscratch, What Will You Remember, and 3200K online blogs, as well
as Cambridge Art Association blog and Echoes of Pop in the New Millennia blogspot.
Her portfolio Stories from the Kitchen Table is featured on Syracuse University's
Family.Life. Project webpage.
Reischwitz curates art exhibitions at the Bedford MA Free Public Library, most recently
the group show Portraits, as well as featured exhibitions including Dick Simon (kNOw
T-H-E-M), Caleb Cole (Other People's Clothes), and Nick Johnson/Sus Iserbyt
(Solitude). She is a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association.
A graduate of the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, with a PhD in
chemistry, Reischwitz began her study of photography at the International Center of
Photography in New York soon after moving to the United States. After relocating to
the Boston area she continued her studies at the New England School of
Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, DeCordova Museum School,
and Photography Atelier at Lesley University and Griffin Museum of Photography,
Winchester MA. She also holds a certificate in Arts Administration from New York