- Spring, 2016: SOLO: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
- Winter, March, 2016: Cuba Diversidad: A Photographic Journey, Bunker Hill Community College, Group Exhibition: Director: Laura Montgomery, February 15—April 4 2016
- Presentation, February Words and Images
- Panel Discussion, March
- Winter, 2016: Cambridge Art Association, "Unconventional Means,"Juror: Robert Siegelman, Embargo
Dec 10, 2015 Barbara Trachtenberg talks about photographing the streets of Anywhere. She'll also discuss her recent solo exhibition in Havana, Cuba this March, 2015: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: TALKING TO STRANGERS, RECORDING NEIGHBORHOODS -- Refreshments from 7:00 PM; 7:30—9PM at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville: Free & open to the public, Limited Edition Archival Digital Photographs, BOOK SIGNING of Exhibition Catalog including bilingual essays. THIS TALK WAS PRESENTED TO THE NEWTON ART ASSOCIATION MEMBERS AND WAS HELD AT THE NEWTON SENIOR CENTER.
What a rich experience sharing with painters, a poet, a filmmaker, textile artist, and others from Germany, Korea, the US, the UK, Costa Rica and Mexico. Eating together at night and raiding the fridge beyond breakfast and evening dinners, political discussions and visiting each other's studios, swimming in the Seine outside my window, playing the piano late at night which Cliff never minded, bicycling together into Nogent-sur-Seine, the nearest place to buy a cup of coffee and the town where Flaubert and Camille Claudelle had spent time. Losing each other while wandering the Sunday brocantes (flea markets) that rotated from village to village each Sunday and for which we had to be ready to leave at 8 AM! Enjoying Christine's cooking and large hanging abstracts, ferreting out art materials, schmoozing with Laetitia, Karine and Jean-Yves.
Stop ’n See!
Barbara Trachtenberg's Paintings & Cuba Photographs from her solo show in Havana, this March, 2015 at 144 Moody Street, Waltham, Building 4, 3rd Floor, Studio #7
...at the Waltham Mills Artists Association's River Street Studios, 3rd floor. If you've never visited, you'll be fascinated with the historic Waltham Mills.
And join me there for Waltham Mills Open Studios: Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, 2015, 12—6.
I passed these women each morning in this southern Bulgarian beekeeping village. Evgeni got up early to care for his garden apiary, he being a third generation beekeeper. I hooded myself to watch closely as he smoked out the bees. Yes, sometimes he was stung but was nonplussed as he moved to scrape golden honey from the screens. We then walk in early sunrise to a small cafe, passing these women—friends, sisters—and stopping to greet the men on their bench by the cafe.
I was honored by Glenn Ruga's inclusion of my photonarrative on Cuba—CUBA: Story and Community on socialdocumentary.net. A while before that, I'd begun a year of correspondence and preparation of the 20" x 30" prints and method of hanging, received my formal invitation from the Cuban Government and carried them onto the second non-stop flight from JFK after Obama's January 2015 announcement to end the US embargo. Havana friends met me at Jose Martí Airport and we mounted the show. In that same crazy week I began ethnographic interviews with four men about their experiences of growing up gay in 1980s Havana and am working on this new project for 2016.
If you get a chance, take a look at the exhibit abstract and statement to understand what I look for as a street photographer—whether in Bulgaria, Morocco, Turkey, France, Latin America and elsewhere, or just at home in Boston.
Please look at other work on socialdocumentary.net to see other photographers' superb work.
FenceART Banners are now up at 5 locations around Newton!
FenceART is a new public art project: Banners of juried artwork will rotate to various Newton public fence locations for approximately 10 weeks at a time, in groups of 3 to 5 works. This is a joint project of the Newton Community Pride Festival committee, which is funding the project, and Newton Open Studios.
Here is coordinator and Newton Open Studio wiz, Ellen Fisher's latest offering to Newton Community Pride. We had fun hanging the round of banners, and thanks to Franklin Marval - master banner printer. The current round of banners will hang from August 25 through October 30th, and then will rotate throughout key spots in Newton.
My friends in Berlin invited me to spend three weeks in a condo where I was able to bike with new friends, attending to the bikes-first traffic lights, attended the condo's annual community party and worked on cut paper art from paraphernalia I gathered during daily travels. Here are some, including souvenir papers of my visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. I worked at these serious and and playful papers collés. I then left for my artist's residency at CAMAC (Centre d'art Marnay Art Center) in rural France.
Doug Holder—a Boston area poet, founder of Ibbetsen Press, teacher of writing at Endicott College—interviewed me on Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer back in 2011. Here's the interview in 3 parts: