ERIKA KAPIN, SHORTLISTED 3RD BIENNIAL’S GRANT
The Open Photo Project
Erika June Kapin is a photographer who loves to share the stories of people, their
relationships with the world, and their relationships with each other. Born in
Seattle, Washington, Erika moved to NYC in 2005 where she received her BFA from
the New School in 2010. Erika has studied and worked as a teaching assistant at
International Center of Photography. Currently living in New York City, Erika
continues to work on her personal projects.
The Open Photo Project offers an intimate look into the lives of consensually nonmonogamous
people. This project strives feature a community of people with a
wide range of body diversity, age diversity and racial diversity. By showing their
private moments, domestic details and daily life, it offers a look at the uniqueness of
human relationships. It is an invitation to re-examine preconceived notions of
successful, sustainable, and healthy romantic love.
By presenting a combination of photography, audio interviews and text, The Open
Photo Project seeks to de-stigmatize consensually non-monogamous relationships
by cultivating understanding and respect. It seeks to uphold the radical notion that
to love and be loved is a human right and should be available to all.
The funding from the Biennial Grant will allow for travel to several locations around
the United States, for one week at a time, to photograph and interview a diverse
variety of individuals from different life situations. Additionally, funds will be used
to pay for transcriptions of these interviews into text to be used for future inclusion
in a book. Lastly, at the end of the cycle, the funds will be used to produce an event
showcasing the work created during this time with funding from the Biennial Grant.