Ciara J Alberts

Ciara J Alberts is an artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. Alberts was born and raised traveling throughout the United States on Reithoffer Shows, a family owned and operated carnival. Her practice is invested in ideas of entertainment, consumption and constructed environments. Her work is continually searching for the poetic friction within these topics and the different modes of representing them using photography. Most recently her work been exhibited at Black Box Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, Blue Sky Gallery, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Today we share her series, Midway.





The first ten years of my life were spent with my family on the traveling carnival, Reithoffer Shows, which they continue to work for today. During 2015, after ten years of spending time off the road, I began traveling with the carnival and my family once again. For this project I used the carnivals inherently theatrical midway as a stand in studio to construct still life images. I also documented my surroundings with a highly intimate understanding of this very public space. Using the photographic experience, the work flows in and out of cultural critique, formal studies, and personal introspection.













To view more of Ciara’s work, please visit her website.

Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!

Robert Lyons
International Limited Residency MFA Photography Program Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
Portland, Oregon

Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Robert Lyons lives in Portland,Oregon. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and a MacDowell Residency. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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