Gallery 102 Presents Paolo Morales The Vulnerability of Seeking Intimacy

By Editorial Team on June 5, 2017

Mon, 05 June 2017 - Sun, 09 July 2017

Work by Paolo Morales. Courtesy of Gallery 102.
Work by Paolo Morales. Courtesy of Gallery 102.


Opening Reception: Monday, June 5 from 5pm to 7pm


Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 14 from 5:30pm to 7pm

Gallery 102 presents The Vulnerability of Seeking Intimacy, a solo exhibition of photographer Paolo Morales’s work as part of the 2017 Summer Solo Series.

Morales presents two bodies of work These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell and Palm Lines. The title of Snail Without a Shell is derived from Haruki Murakami’s 1992 novel South of the Border, West of the Sun. The phrase illustrates Morales’s photographic process in which he captures his subjects in moments of dislocation, disconnection, and vulnerability.

Morales’s second series Palm Lines came about in the summer of 2015 when he became interested in the notion of palm reading, and the idea that one can map out a life through decoding the lines of the hand. The serial format by which Morales photographs the hands underlines the significance of the palm as a decipherable symbol.

Paolo Morales is a photographer. He was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Exhibitions include the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, ClampArt, and Hamiltonian Gallery, among others. His photographs have appeared in Witness, Papersafe, and Vice. He received an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design and attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He teaches at George Mason University and The Potomac School.

Andy Johnson is a DC-based art historian, curator, and currently director of Gallery 102. His academic and curatorial practice centers on queer, feminist, and black feminist theories, critical race theory, cultural studies, photography, video, performance art, and visual culture. He holds an M.A. in Art History from the George Washington University.

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Gallery 102 is located in Smith Hall of Art at The George Washington University, 801 22nd Street NW.