elin o’Hara slavick
Distinguished Term Professor
Slavick has been at UNC since 1994 and is currently the Director of Graduate Studies of Studio Practice. Upon her arrival she began building the once thriving (now transitioning) photography lab. Slavick teaches Conceptual Photography, the Studio Art Majors Seminar, Graduate Critiques, Visualizing Science, Body Imaging, among other courses. She received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Slavick has exhibited her work internationally and is the author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography, with a foreword by Howard Zinn and essay by Carol Mavor (2007) and After Hiroshima, with an essay by James Elkins (2013). Her photographs of Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC can be found in anthropologist Catherine Lutz’s book Homefront: a Military City and the American 20th Century (Beacon Press, 2001). She is also a curator, critic and activist. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, FOAM, CounterPunch, among many other publications. She is represented by Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles.
Having grown up with a radical Catholic activist father who gave her a camera when she was eight years old and a German mother, Slavick traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States several times as a child – visiting churches, museums, typical tourist destinations, alternative historical sites, and family. Perhaps these trips began her visual explorations and manifestations of the relationship between the individual and the world.
Slavick’s intradisciplinary work has included photography, drawing, painting, site-specific installation, public projects, projections, performance, collaboration, documentary images, collage, embroidery, posters, found objects, interactive sites, ‘zines and sculpture. slavick has explored feminism, body politics, the personal as political, familial relations, memory, alternative histories, memorials, the global economy, contemporary workers, travel/tourist photography, how the media (mis)represents the world, the U.S. military and exported violence, Hiroshima and our post-nuclear world and how art can transform society through her art projects, teaching and activism.