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What’s old is new through the artist’s eyes. “St. Joseph Medical Center” by Kristin Giordano, featured in the Tacoma Artist Playing Cards.

When fine art photographer Kristin Giordano pursues a project, the world’s corners become fair game. No matter whether she is on the trail of djinn spirits in a Middle Eastern desert, or shooting iconic landmarks in her homebase of Tacoma, Washington, her camera tells a compelling story. Her series, “Landscape and Transformation: Photographs of Doha, Qatar 2008-2010”, carries the narrative power of photojournalism, and it was selected as a finalist in PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass portfolio contest. Most recently, she contributed images to the Tacoma Artist Playing Cards project, a wildly successful Kickstarter project in which all of the cards in a standard poker deck were adorned with a different landmark image of T-town, as interpreted by a local artist, then reproduced for sale.

From "Palace: Interiors of Abandoned Houses in Doha, Qatar" by Kristin Giordano

From “Palace: Interiors of Abandoned Houses in Doha, Qatar” by Kristin Giordano

Giordano’s unusual subject matter and visual storytelling capability attracted me to her work – and the remarkable images that will be featured in “Northwest Dissonance”, a group show opening at Moss + Mineral on November 2. At first glance, the photographs of a barnacle-encrusted boat found washed up in 2012 at Cape Disappointment, on the Washington coast, have a serene, almost dream-like quality. Then Giordano relates the nightmare scenario behind them:

“While walking the beach I came upon the sight of a small boat overturned, battered by the waves. Nearby was a plastic sink, which upon further investigation revealed itself to be inscribed with Japanese characters. As the tide receded, a crowd gathered. The boat’s hull was covered with long barnacles, indicating it had been lost at sea for an extended period of time. The crowd began to swell, and soon the beach was crawling with news crews, beach patrol vehicles, and curious onlookers.

“Apparently, these two items were the latest large objects to wash ashore in the aftermath of the tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011.  The world watched that day in horror as the countryside was inundated by a wave that dwarfed the man-made world. Debris from the Japanese tsunami has begun to wash up on the Pacific shores of the US and Canada. It is believed that the tsunami generated 25 million tons of rubble, but it is unknown how much was washed into the water, or how much has remained afloat. The debris could bring invasive species to our shores, as well as radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.”

Giordano’s work is in numerous public and private collections. Awards include a 2008 project grant from Qatar University, a 2011 Print Sponsorship award from the Photographic Center Northwest, and a 2011 TAIP Artist Project Grant. She has lectured on her photographic works of the Middle East at universities, art centers, architectural galleries, and presented at Doha’s first Pecha Kucha international art event in November, 2008.  ~ Lisa Kinoshita

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Kristin Giordano’s work in “Northwest Dissonance”, a group show at Moss + Mineral, through January 15, 2014. http://www.mossandmineral.com

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