Join 2016 ICP-Bard student Katrina Lillian Sorrentino at the MFA Studios for her solo thesis exhibition, How to Make the Bed.

Oma, the matriarch, was dying, I was getting married, and Mom was somewhere in the middle — parent, housewife, mother, daughter, caretaker.

As the wedding approached, I regressed to an almost childlike state. I questioned everything: my upbringing, our family history, our faith, and I looked to my mother to guide me through it.

Through photography we escaped, she from the banality of suburban rituals and I from my debilitating anxiety. All the while we watched Oma fade.

Exercises in closeness, these works document performances, tantrums, and the signifiers of gender roles and domesticity with which we are shaped as women — parent, housewife, mother, daughter, caretaker.

They document the path of becoming by way of holding on and letting go.

Artist Bio 

Katrina Lillian Sorrentino is an artist working in photo, video and performance. Crossing Over, her documentary about the plight of transgender, political asylum seekers, was picked up by Participant Media and Univision as part of their ""Panoramica"" series and won a GLAAD award in 2015. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, People en Español, and American Photo. She is also part of the Brooklyn-based collective Nomadique.

Opening Reception

March 31 I Thursday I 6 – 9 PM

On View By Appointment

April 1 – April 3 I Friday – Sunday

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The ICP-Bard MFA Studios are located at 24-20 Jackson Avenue in Queens. Take the E or M train to Court Square-23rd Street, 7 or G train to Court Square, or the B62 Bus to Jackson Ave/David St.