Deanne Sokolin is a photographic artist whose work explores identity. Projects examine her relationship to Jewish heritage via its rituals and cultural traditions. The goal is not only to consider the role traditions play in contemporary life but also to create new meaning from old rituals.
In the 90s, Sokolin was an early adopter of digital photography and related media. She captured images using the landmark Leaf Digital Camera back and made prints using dye sublimation and IRIS printers. She also created short films for the internet which incorporated animated Gifs made from her photos. She presently works with David Adamson Editions in Washington, DC to make archival pigment prints.
Sokolin earned a BFA at The Boston Museum School and an MFA at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Her photographs have been widely exhibited at galleries and museums including the Aperture Foundation, ICP, SF Camerawork and The DeCordova Museum. Sokolin’s work is held in the public collection at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, among others. She is an ICP Infinity award nominee and served as an artist in residence at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Her work is also included in Rhizome, an affiliate in residence at The New Museum. Sokolin was represented by The Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston until its closing. She has been a lecturer in photography at: Marlboro College, The Boston Museum School, Princeton University, RISD and SVA. After a robust commercial practice, she returned to artistic practice in 2017, continuing her exploration of ritual and tradition. Sokolin’s work was recently featured in Humble Arts Foundation’s show-61-Loss. A native New Yorker, she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. CV click here.