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Catherine Panebianco


Artist Statement

No Memory is Ever Alone is a visual conversation between me and my dad. He used to bring out a box of slides that he photographed in his late teens and early 20s every Christmas and made us view them on an old projector on our living room wall telling the same stories every year. It was a consistent memory from a childhood where we moved a lot and I never felt like I had a steady “place” to live and create memories.

I realized that by placing the slides in my current landscape, I created not only a connection between his life and mine, but a trail of memories, each that had its own association for both of us. A lot of these slides are of my mom, they were together almost 60 years. She passed away recently and I feel like her spirit, and all the spirits of the past, are around us. These little vignettes of family life in my current “space” comforts me that she and others are still near, watching over me. They create a “home” for me wherever I go.

I did not want to Photoshop that connection. Part of the process that was necessary for me was to find the right location and feel my dad’s slides united with how I live today – a place within a place, a memory within a memory.

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Artist Biography

Catherine Panebianco was born in British Columbia, Canada and currently lives in Jamestown, NY. Her photographs consistently dive into memories, whether lived or dreamt. Her series often focus on the feeling that loved one’s spirits are always around, watching, protecting and lifting us up. Her photography has been exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally. Panebianco’s series, No Memory is Ever Alone, was named a Top 50 Finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass, LensCulture’s Critics Choice Top 10, 1st place in the International Photography Awards for Fine Art, was a finalist in the Texas Photographic Society’s National Photography Awards and a San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition Portfolio Award winner. She presented a solo show at the A. Smith Gallery in Texas for her series, Benny Was A Good Boy, which was also named a Critical Mass Top 200 finalist. Her photography has been shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Soho Photo Gallery, the Center for Fine Art Photography, SE Center for Photography in addition to being featured in Black + White Magazine, D Magazine, Lenscratch and numerous more.



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