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Kavana.

Photographs by Hannah Altman.
Kris Graves Projects, 2020. 48 pp., 27 illustrations, 7x8½".



Publisher's Description

“Jewish thought suggests that the memory of an action is as primary as the action itself. This is to say that when my hand is wounded, I remember other hands. I trace ache back to other aches - when my mother grabbed my wrist too hard pulling me across the intersection, when my great-grandmother’s fingers went numb on the ship headed towards Cuba fleeing the Nazis, when Miriam’s palms enduringly poured water for the Hebrews throughout their desert journey - this is how the Jew is able to fathom an ache. Because no physical space is a constant for the Jewish diaspora, time and the rituals that steep into it are centered as a mode of carrying on.” - Hannah Altman

Hannah Altman is a Jewish-American artist from New Jersey. She holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Through photographic based media, her work interprets relationships between gestures, the body, lineage, and interior space.

She has recently exhibited with the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Blue Sky Gallery, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Junior High Gallery. Her work has been published in the Carnegie Museum of Art Storyboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and British Journal of Photography, among others. She is the 2019 recipient of the Bertha Anolic Israel Travel Award. She has delivered lectures on her work and research across the country, including Yale University and the Society for Photographic Education National Conference. 

About the Limited Edition

Special edition of 24: Includes a copy of the book with one of two signed archival pigment prints, each in an edition of 12. Print size: 8x10 inches

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