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Like a Bad Penny, a solo exhibition of photographs by Rachael Banks
October 4 – November 30, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, October 4, 2019
5:30 PM Members-Only Curator and Artist Talk
6:00 PM Public Opening Reception

The Carnegie Center presents Like a Bad Penny, a solo exhibition by photographer Rachael Banks. The series title Like a Bad Penny references an old English proverb that describes the recurrence of an unwanted person or event. Banks is interested in how trauma creates dysfunction within families and how it establishes a foundation from which identities are built upon.  Banks is particularly drawn to the idea that in spite of our resistance, the older we get, the more like our parents we become. Like a Bad Penny is a visual document that uses portraiture and staged environments to reference how destruction, violence, and substance abuse can manifest in those we love the most.

 “Despite my attempts to reconcile with the destructive actions of my parents and the region I was born into, I am also inevitably attracted to people with these same attributes,” explained Banks. “The camera is a tool that allows me to create symbolic images of trauma inspired by personal memory and compulsive storytelling. In my quest to photograph others and the relationship we share, it is my own memories of trauma that, like a bad penny, always turns up.”

 Like a Bad Penny opens on October 4 with a Members-Only artist and curator talk at 5:30 PM, and a public reception from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The exhibition, which is part of the Louisville Photo Biennial, is on view through November 30, 2019.

Rachael Banks is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Northern Kentucky University in Covington, KY. She received an MFA in photography from Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX) and has exhibited her photographs regionally, nationally, and internationally. Banks’ work focuses primarily on family dynamics, relationships, and nostalgia. She is especially interested in social subcultures and identity informed by place. Rachael is an avid supporter of self-publishing, accessible art, zines, and collecting.

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