Tarrah Krajnak

2020 Lange-Taylor Prizewinner

Tarrah Krajnak is a documentary artist who was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies' Lange-Taylor Prize in 2020 (see below). An associate professor of art at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, she has exhibited nationally and internationally at Honor Fraser Gallery, as-is.la gallery, Houston Center for Photography, SUR Biennial Los Angeles, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Center for Photography Woodstock, SF Camerawork, Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Photo Madrid, Photo London, Belfast Photography Festival, and Unseen Amsterdam. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Nueva Luz, Strange Fire Collective, and Camerawork, and she has received grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Texas Photographic Society, and most recently, the Harpo Foundation. Krajnak is a 2020 Lightwork AIR Recipient and has forthcoming solo exhibitions at Filter Photo in Chicago and Lux Art Institute in San Diego.

Krajnak’s winning proposal for the 2020 Lange-Taylor Prize, “El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan,” employs archival collections, oral histories, performance, re-photography, and “poetic forms of mis-translation” as a means to explore identity in relation to being “transracial—indigenous to Peru but raised within a white family,” she writes. Orphaned as an infant and adopted into a multiracial family from American coal country, Krajnak was raised as a twin to her African American brother. This early experience of racial difference has driven her interest in identity, origins, and inherited histories. More information on the project, including a slideshow of images.

A portrait of Tarrah Krajnak