Stephanie Dowda

Stephanie Dowda, All Those Who Shimmer, gelatin silver print, edition 1/5, 20 x 24 inches.

Stephanie Dowda: Genius Loci
Exhibition: April 3 – May 16, 2015

“Genius Loci,” Latin for “spirit of place,” comprises several large-scale photographs from Dowda’s Topophilia series. Some of the works in this exhibition were photographed in Kentucky, and some will be revealed for the first time at Institute 193. However, all of the images are united by Dowda’s powerful ability to draw the energy of a physical place through a camera lens. Far beyond mere representational landscapes, the works exhibited in “Genius Loci” are fascinating products of the intersection of the mechanical and the spiritual. They are at once discernable and elusive.

Says Dowda of her work: “Places contain history, emotions and sensations as energy which we experience as visceral feelings transmitted by the natural world. Through my photography, I capture this energy as light onto film.”

Stephanie Dowda, Cosme Ruggeri, gelatin silver print, edition 1/5, 20 x 24 inches.

Stephanie Dowda, Genius Loci, gelatin silver print, edition 2/5, 20 x 24 inches.

Stephanie Dowda, Of Whisper, gelatin silver print, edition 3/5, 20 x 24 inches.

Stephanie Dowda, Keep Yourself Awakened, 2014, gelatin silver print contact sheet, edition 1/7, 20 x 24 inches.

Stephanie Dowda, To Hold On, gelatin silver print, edition 1/5, 20 x 24 inches.

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View 

Installation View

About the artist:

Stephanie Dowda is a photographer living in her native city of Atlanta. Her most recent solo exhibition, Topophilia, was at Get This! Gallery last year. This year, Dowda has exhibited work in Paris, France, received an Idea Capital Award, and was named the 2015 IndieGrit artist resident. Her work with Possible Press | Edition will be shown in the forthcoming exhibition, “State Park,” curated by Mike Calway-Fagen. Dowda is a Hambidge Fellow, Studio Artist with the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Cabin Time Fellow, Frontier Fellow at Epicenter and a 2013 Baum New American Photographer Award Nominee. Her work has been featured in such publications as Oxford American, ArtsATL, BurnAway, Bad At Sports, and more.