Julia Hechtman │Not Once
Not Once is the title of an exhibit by Julia Hechtman on display in Skotið at Reykjavík Museum of Photography, 19 August - 22 October 2023./*php $markup = $content['field_mynd_stor']['#markup']; $markup = str_replace('typeof="foaf:Image"', 'typeof="foaf:Image" class="lightbox"', $markup); $content['field_mynd_stor']['#markup'] = $markup; */?>
While a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland, in 2019, Hechtman began to work on Not Once, a series of short video portraits.
She started the project by recording personal stories of local Icelanders about specific locations and a sense of place. She then visited the locations and recorded video footage on-site. When the audio and video are coupled together, a new sense of intimate narrative is created, transforming one experience into another and ultimately creating a third: the viewer’s experience.
Julia Hechtman is a visual artist who makes works focusing on the balance of absence and presence, life and death, and real-time and memoried experience in her multi-faceted studio practice. The natural world features prominently in her works, which has allowed her to travel extensively and contemplate the familiar in new ways.
Julia graduated with a BFA from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. She is currently Associate Chair of Northeastern University’s Art + Design Department.