PCA&D faculty member named Exhibition Director of International Photo Festival in Korea

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Jan 26, 2016 1:00:30 PM

Stacy Renee Morrison: October 18, 1860

Eric Weeks, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Chair of Photography, has been named as Exhibition Director for the 9th Annual Jeonju International Photography Festival, Jeonju, South Korea, to be held May 21-29, 2016.

The title of the exhibition is FACT/FICTION, which according to Weeks, highlights the descriptive abilities of the photographic medium to create stories that are based upon fact, but also cleverly spin tales of fiction.

According to Weeks, this exhibition is an international gathering of artists who are engaged in presenting photographic facts while also offering their work up to decoding by the viewer.  All of the work presented shares a common attribute: to tell intricate, non-linear, open-ended stories. The photographs presented investigate the mysteries of reality and the human condition, and have a kindred relationship to the rich history of literature.

Eric Weeks
Weeks states, “When looking at these photographs the viewer is given the opportunity to imagine narratives that are more elaborate than the reality recorded. That an image is a subjective document, especially in the digital age, is no longer debatable, but the artists presented in this exhibition all speak to the complex oscillation between photograph perceived as fact and photograph read as fiction. This act of viewership involves a suspension of disbelief, first noted by Aristotle, where a viewer understands intellectually, or often subconsciously, that they are viewing fiction but suspend their disbelief and come to a catharsis despite of that knowledge.”

Artists selected to exhibit at the festival are:

Weeks has been a professor of Photography and Fine Art at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design since 2010. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Arts and his Bachelor’s from School of Visual Arts.

Weeks said, “My position as the Exhibition Director of the 9th Annual Jeonju International Photography Festival positively affects the PCA&D community because as a representative of the institution it brings PCA&D name recognition to the international community.  By traveling abroad to curate this exhibition and establish international partnerships, both my position as Chair of the Photography Department at PCA&D and the College gain a global presence. It also brings a global perspective to our students at a time when photography is ubiquitous.”

Weeks was instrumental in creating a photography exchange, between students at PCA&D in Lancaster PA, and Kyungil University (KIU) in Gyeongsan, South Korea. Twice a semester, students at KIU and PCA&D are asked an open-ended question that students at both institutions then answer through photographs. The goal of the exchange is for the photography students from the two cultures to learn about each other through photography, while also gaining an understanding of the communicative power of the medium. In addition, in 2015, Weeks was a visiting artist at KIU, where he worked with photography students, lecturing and reviewing portfolios.

Recently, his photograph “WGAL” was selected to be part of PA Modern: A Photography Exhibit of Midcentury Architecture, a juried exhibit featuring evocative images of some of the commonwealth’s most iconic Modernist structures at the 50th anniversary celebration of Pennsylvania’s State Museum and Archives Complex. In addition, his work was featured in Dear Dave at the Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard St., New York, NY and in the May 2015 edition of Fraction Magazine.

Weeks has exhibited at Galerie Catherine et André Hug, Paris, EDS Galeria, Mexico City, Dartmouth College, Hanover, Wave Photogallery, Brescia, Italy, Scope International Art Fair, New York, Schneider Gallery, Chicago and the Demuth Gallery, Lancaster PA. His photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Maison Européene de la Photographie and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others.  He received an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship Grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for 2007.


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