Hiraeth Never Fades

A Jeff Kuratnick Solo Exhibition

April 18th 2020 – May 2nd 2020

Opening Reception- Hiraeth Never Fades
ArtsXchange

A Jeff Kuratnick Solo Exhibition

 

Hiraeth Never Fades is a ceramic-based installation focused on personal experiences as a product of the domestic adoption industry in the United States.

 

The installation will examine the personal impact of accessing a hidden past: a place where loss, restriction, and deception reveal themselves as core values in the struggle to reclaim identity for people who began their lives as orphans, and were subsequently re-homed.

 

The unnerving process of earning the right to try to find my blood relatives after 30 years of legal restriction is reflected in this body of work. I also explore ideas of secretly wondering who my family was while being isolated from them, coming to terms with tragedy and loss upon reunion, and learning to connect with the remaining family I was so lucky to find.

 

Hiraeth Never Fades is supported by a partnership between Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design and the Sinclair Gallery at the ArtsXChange.

Jeff Kuratnick

Jeff Kuratnick is currently a premium Welch Fellow and 3rd year Ceramics MFA candidate at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. During his time at GSU, Kuratnick will also earn a graduate certificate in Non Profit Management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. His current studio practice examines the psychological aftershocks of accessing a government-sanctioned hidden past for adult adoptees that are part of the closed domestic adoption industry in the United States.

From 2010 - 2019, Kuratnick was employed as a museum professional.  Most recently, he served in the capacity of Researcher with The Marks Project: The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics 1946 - Present, and as Education Director and Ceramics Area Head at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. For more information visit www.jeffkuratnick.weebly.com or Instagram @jeffkuratnick1987

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