We were so happy yet we didn’t know

An exhibition by the photographer Cynthia Isakson, consisting of between 20 and 25 portraits and an audio installation.

When I open my eyes, I photograph them; when I close my eyes, I listen to them.
For 25 years I looked at them, portrayed them, captured them, in order to keep them forever. Emigrating and maintaining close relationships seemed to be two incompatible concepts. But they turned out not to be. 
I see them on my walls and listen to their recorded voices, our conversations. And suddenly the language, what they say, no longer matters. It doesn’t matter if they look at me. It doesn’t matter if they are no longer here.
It’s about that feeling that you get when you close your eyes and you don’t see them anymore, you feel them…

About the artist:

Cynthia Isakson is an Argentinian photographer with a focus on portraits.
She studied photography in Buenos Aires in the 90’s. She is now living in the United States, where Houston has been her home since 2003.
She has several photographic projects that have been exhibited in Argentina, Portugal, Italy, and United States.
These projects include the following series: Eramos tan felices y no lo sabíamos, A look back, The whole picture, Generations, Humans are scarier, Portraits, and Hidden.
Many of her most touching works are related to her family, her immigration, and the passage of time.

Una exhibicion de la fotógrafa Cynthia Isakson, compuesta por entre 20 y 25 retratos y una instalación de audio.

Cuando abro los ojos los fotografío; cuando cierro los ojos, los escucho.

Durante 25 años los miré, los retraté, los capturé, para guardarlos para siempre. Emigrar y mantener relaciones cercanas parecen ser dos conceptos incompatibles. Pero resultó que no lo eran.

Los veo colgados de mis paredes y escucho sus voces grabadas, nuestras conversaciones. Y de repente el idioma, lo que dicen, ya no importa. No importa si me miran. No importa si ya no están aquí.

Se trata de esa sensación que tienes cuando cierras los ojos y ya no los ves, los sientes…

Sobre la Artista:

Cynthia Isakson es una fotógrafa argentina especializada en retratos.
Estudió fotografía en Buenos Aires en los años 90. Vive en los Estados Unidos, donde Houston ha sido su hogar desde 2003.
Varios de sus proyectos fotográficos han sido exhibidos en Argentina, Portugal, Italia y en los Estados Unidos.
Sus proyectos de fotografía incluyen las series: Éramos tan felices y no lo sabíamos, Una mirada atrás, La historia completa, Generaciones, Los humanos dan más miedo, Retratos y Escondidos.
Muchos de sus trabajos más conmovedores están relacionados con su familia, la migración y el paso del tiempo.

The exhibition corresponds to the Open Call 2020-2021, a project of Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston (IHCH).

Invited Juror 2020/2021: Betirri Bengtson

La exposición corresponde al Open Call 2020-2021, un proyecto del Instituto de Cultura Hispánica de Houston (IHCH).

Jurado invitado 2020/2021: Betirri Bengtson

Cynthia Isakson Art Exhibition

Hourly Schedule

Weekend Visit

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday
By appointment only

Weeks Visit

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday thru Friday
By appointment only

Opening Reception

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday February 13, 2021
Free admission/Reservations required

Date

Jan 11 2021 - Mar 07 2021
Expired!

Time

All Day

Cost

Free

More Info

Reservations
Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston

Location

Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston
3315 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX 77098
Website
https://ihch.org
Category
IHCH

Organizer

IHCH
Phone
713 528 1492
Email
communications@ihch.org
Website
https://ihch.org
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