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Patti Ambrogi

Patti Ambrogi

(b. 1950)
Born: Albany, New York, American

Patti Ambrogi is a photographer and an associate professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She holds an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, N.Y., and has studied at the Accademia D’Art in Florence, the University of Siena, and the Summer Shakespearean Institute at Oxford University.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at Tokyo Polytechnic Institute in Japan, Visual Studies Workshop, the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the Boston CyberArtsFestival, and the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. She has also exhibited at the Menschel Gallery at Syracuse University, the Memorial Art Gallery and the George Eastman House in Rochester, and the São Paulo Biennial in Brazil. Ambrogi has lectured about moving media and the still photographer and she is the founder of the Media Café at RIT, a curriculum that promotes the production of temporal work crossing disciplines and media. She is also the recipient of RIT’s Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Contribution for Teaching and the Honored Educator Award at the 2012 Regional Society for Photographic Education.

Ambrogi's work looks beneath the surface of official stories and received histories, and toward the discovery of the social, economic, and political processes that shape the roles and relationships of women and power and art and media. The series Cover Girls describes art and its technological processes of production as a site where the legacy of these systems can be unraveled, allowing opposing and multiple positions to form.

She says,"I think of my process as one that allows me to re-encode our popular images with signs that the world is not just out there a priori, but out there as we construct it and contest it and remake it. I think about it as a liberatory project, a project about unmooring and looking seriously at our world with a visual playfulness."

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