Krajnak & Roig, "Self Portrait #1 (After Claude & Marcel)", 2010, archival inkjet print, 4x5"

Krajnak & Roig, “Self Portrait #1 (After Claude & Marcel)”, 2010, archival inkjet print, 4×5″

Krajnak & Roig

Inspired by the personal archives of the surrealist artist Claude Cahun and her life-long partner and longtime collaborator Marcell Moore, we see these images as metaphors for the collaborative process itself reflecting both our artistic and personal relationship. Our work explores intimacy, voyeurism, rivalry, social roles, and the construction of the female persona while blurring the boundaries between staged and documentary photography. Many of our projects also represent the performance of a contemporary archive, which aims to assess and deconstruct the recurring motifs in contemporary art, its framework, and its presentation.

Tarrah Krajnak was born in Lima, Peru. Adopted by Czech-American parents, she grew up in Ohio and received an MFA in Photography from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. Now based in Winooski, Vermont, she teaches Photography at the University of Vermont, Burlington.

Wilka Roig was born and raised in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She moved to Ithaca, New York in 1995 and received her MFA in Photography from Cornell University in 2005, where she later taught photography.

Krajnak and Roig met in the darkroom in 2004. Collaboratively, they have exhibited at The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), San Francisco Camerawork (San Francisco, CA), the Pingyao International Photography Festival (Pingyao, China), and at the galleries of Johnson State College (Johnson, VT), the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK). In 2008, they were recipients of artist grants from the Vermont Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Cornell Council for the Arts. Most recently, a major retrospective of their work was on view at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at Depauw University (Greencastle, IN).

Tarrah Krajnak and Wilka Roig were artists in residence at CPW in 2008.