Absentia: Abandoned Past

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (BLCA) begins its 2019 exhibition calendar on January 5 with the photography of Laura Migliorino. Absentia: Abandoned Past explores spaces in a state of abandonment or unexpected departure, creating a feeling of being animated and inhabited but absent at the same time. Houses are like the human body; they are born fresh, clean, and full of hope. The home ages, adapts, and sags; occupants leave traces but take their memories with them. A house may be reborn and be rehabilitated; sometimes it dies and becomes a memory.

Migliorino’s work has a long history of capturing the relationship between people and the environments they live in. The intimate nature of housing, shelter and living environment is so essential to how one is defined, that is cannot be separated. The work explores the symbiotic, and perplexing relationship between people and their homes.

The open reception will be held January 5 from 4-6 pm

Artist Talk will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 2 pm.

This is Migliorino’s first solo exhibition in the Twin Cities and is scheduled to travel to the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council – Marshall, MN February 2019, Miller Hull Architects – San Diego March-May 2019, and Reading Room #3 – Beacon, NY May-June 2019.

About the Artist:

Laura Migliorino was born in Cleveland Ohio and grew up in a Chicago Heights, a Chicago suburb. Migliorino’s BFA is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA is from the University of Minnesota. She teaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as a Photography professor. Migliorino received numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, several Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and various exhibition prizes. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, Weisman Museum in Minneapolis and The Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She has exhibited internationally for over 30 years. Migliorino’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, DOMUS Magazine, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and DWELL Magazine.


Absentia: Abandoned Past is on view through February 2, 2019. This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Ann and Harry Bolkcom.


Photo: The Blue Mirror (A 1st prize winner at FIX Photo Festival in London, England)