The Vulnerability of Seeking Intimacy

May 31, 2017

Contact: Andy Johnson, Director


WASHINGTON, DC – Gallery 102 is proud to present The Vulnerability of Seeking Intimacy, a solo exhibition of photographer Paolo Morales’s work as part of the 2017 Summer Solo Series.

Morales presents two bodies of work "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell" and "Palm Lines." The title of "Snail Without a Shell" is derived from Haruki Murakami's 1992 novel South of the Border, West of the Sun. The phrase illustrates Morales's photographic process in which he captures his subjects in moments of dislocation, disconnection, and vulnerability.

Morales's second series "Palm Lines" came about in the summer of 2015 when he became interested in the notion of palm reading, and the idea that one can map out a life through decoding the lines of the hand. The serial format by which Morales photographs the hands underlines the significance of the palm as a decipherable symbol.


Join Gallery 102 and Paolo Morales on Monday June 5, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for the opening reception. The event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided. RSVP for the opening reception here.

Later in the month, join photographer Paolo Morales for an artist talk and conversation with Andy Johnson, Director of Gallery 102, on Wednesday June 14, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


Paolo Morales is a photographer. He was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Exhibitions include the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, ClampArt, and Hamiltonian Gallery, among others. His photographs have appeared in Witness, Papersafe, and Vice. He received an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design and attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He teaches at George Mason University and The Potomac School.

Andy Johnson is a DC-based art historian, curator, and currently director of Gallery 102. His academic and curatorial practice centers on queer, feminist, and black feminist theories, critical race theory, cultural studies, photography, video, performance art, and visual culture. He holds an M.A. in Art History from the George Washington University.


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Gallery 102 is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions. The Gallery 102 Committee consists of GW & Corcoran students -- undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians -- who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester.

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