Mario Lemafa

Raised in a part-Polynesian military family, young local photographer Mario Lemafa grew up all over the place: Hawaii, California, Oregon, and here. In his first solo show, itinerancies, he tests the old Thomas Wolfe adage about going home again. Lurking like a stranger, camera in hand, he shoots all the places he's lived in the last decade: Yesler Terrace, military housing, and cheap courtyard apartments that ring leaf-filled pools. (He presently resides in Black Diamond.) During this holiday season, when families ritually gather at table and hearth, it's worth remembering how home is a provisional notion—a place we create with those near to us. Some of Lemafa's companion videos will be fictive vignettes in which the artist returns to haunt his old homestead, perhaps like a ghost of Christmas past. BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Dec. 6. Continues through Dec. 28, 2012

 
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