Oscar Palacio’s residency will focus on work from the series History Re-Visited. In these images, Palacio reveals the beautiful and enigmatic disparity that often exists between the monumental historical events that make a site important and what we actually find there. With this series, Palacio explores the nature of public space and how the roles of both architecture and photography shape and create experience. During his time at Light Work, Palacio will scan and make prints of some of the images he has made in historic sites such as Plymouth and Salem, MA, and Gettysburg, PA, among others. He also plans to research and photograph sites around Syracuse that played a part in the Underground Railroad.
Palacio was born in Medellin, Colombia. He holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Miami, Florida, and an MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. In addition to the exhibition Are We There Yet at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, from July 20-September 28, 2008, Palacio’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally; his photographs are included in the collections of the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AR; the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; and the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, among other institutions.