Foto Forum Santa Fe opens down the street from S.I.T.E. Santa Fe in the dynamic Railyard Arts District on November 24th, 2017 from 5-8pm with an art opening, wet plate demo portrait session, and launch party. 


The non-profit arts space at 1716 Paseo de Peralta is dedicated to explore the current relationship between photography, storytelling, science, and technology. Foto Forum Santa Fe aims to involve the community through workshops, visiting artist lectures, research, and community outreach. The gallery/photo studio, and darkroom is equipped with a wide array of cameras and processing equipment to produce alternative processes, like platinum palladium, wet plate, cyanotype, and other processes, as well as traditional b&w gelatin silver, and digital prints. Foto Forum Santa Fe is committed to educate and provide opportunities to photographers to experience various forms of analog and digital photography. both historical and current. 


Sage Paisner, the founder and executive director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, teaches mural printing, alternative processes, and exhibition design at CalArts where he earned his MFA in 2010, working with Allan Sekula, Joann Callis, Harry Gamboa Jr, Judy Fiskin, and others. He was a Visiting Artist in 2012-2013 at Boise State in Idaho, artist teacher at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and contributing faculty at the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, from 2015-2017. Paisner returned to Santa Fe to share his broad expertise and passion for photography, and raise his family in the town where he grew up. Paisner received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico working with Joyce Neimanas, Patrick Nagatani, and Jim Stone, in 2006. 


Paisner has a long commitment to teaching photography to young people, having taught as faculty at the California State Summer School for the Arts for the past 6 summers, and he intends to bring in young people to be mentored by him, and other internationally acclaimed photographers at the studio. For Foto Forum Santa Fe, he has planned an exciting season of exhibitions and alternative film screenings, featuring world-renown photographers like Harry Gamboa, Jr., Judy Fiskin, Ashley Hunt, Augusta Wood, Andrew Freeman, Arnoldo Vargas and others, as well as local, New Mexican, and young emerging artists. 



The opening exhibit in November will show Paisner’s large-scale gelatin silver mural prints, platinum palladium, and wet plate photos from his body of work entitled, “My Family is Everything/Mi Familia Es Toda” featuring portraits and landscapes of New Mexicans and New Mexico. Sage’s vision is to create a space where photographers can meet and work together to exchange ideas and processes of photography and visual story telling. Sage says, “I want to create a place in Santa Fe that is a center for new and exciting photography. New Mexico has a rich history of photography and photographers. Foto Forum Santa Fe will be a home to celebrate and expand photography in the 21st century that is alternative, community centered, and internationally connected.”

FOTO FORUM SANTA FE a solo Exhibition by Artist Marina Eskeets at  Foto Forum Santa Fe December 29th, 2017 from 5-8pm, 1716 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, NM 87501 Free to the public


Marina Eskeets is a conceptual artist from Naná’áztiin, New Mexico (The Big Curve, NM, Navajo Nation). Eskeets earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2016, with a major in Studio Arts at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where she was also a S.I.T.E. Scholar at S.I.T.E. Santa Fe. Her work is stimulated by her childhood herding her grandmothers’ sheep, in a region directly affected by the Church Rock uranium disaster. Eskeets work is centered on energy extraction within Dinétah and the repercussions it has had on Indigenous identity. 

Eskeets employs a wide range of fine art and photography mediums and techniques to express her ideas. Her works have included: video projection onto a traditional Diné weaving loom, three-dimensional cardboard churro sheep skull masks used in an interactive performance in the downtown streets of Gallup, New Mexico, and embroidered illustrations onto deer skin. 

Łee’tso Tó’lín | Uranium Water

United Nuclear Corporation was a uranium ore mine, conventional uranium mill site, ore processing mill, and tailing disposal area, located in Church Rock, New Mexico. On the morning of July 16, 1979, one of two mill tailing ponds breached, releasing 94 million gallons of acidic, radioactive tailing solution into the Rio Puerco River. The Navajo Nation requested it be declared a Federal Disaster Area, but the New Mexico Government denied their request. Three years later all facilities closed, the site was abandoned, and United Nuclear Corporation did not clean up the spill. It is recorded to be the second largest global release of radioactive material to date. The employees and residents indigenous to this area are Diné (Navajo). Marina presents the photographs of her homeland as negatives to highlight the invisible, tasteless radiation that is poisoning the soil, ground water, animals, and Diné who continue to reside next to the ruins of United Nuclear Corporation Mine, Kerr-McGee Quivira Mine Site, and Northeast Church Rock Mine, all of which extracted uranium ore in their homeland. According to the Diné, life is considerate of the livestock and growing food, both of which are practices extending from their culture. Forty years following the spill, there has been no reclamation, but interests to reopen the mines are strong, despite a ban by the Navajo Nation. Currently, fences split the land with signs that only permit authorized officials, and signs that read “NO TRESSPASSING”. There are various layers to the disruption of all life, with the concerns centered on water contamination, animal grazing, and health defects. Each image is composed with either a toxic chemical structure found in the water or common bodily organs that are affected. The work is a reflection of the environmental racism that targets Indigenous peoples and people of color globally.


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