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Elizabeth Groeschen is a photographic and mixed-media artist who grew up in Alexandria, Kentucky. She documents different cultures around the world and subcultures within The United States as a means of connecting with and processing what oftentimes begins as “unfamiliar.” She has a Bachelor's from Loyola University Chicago and has studied photography at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has exhibited in The United States and Asia in group and 2-person shows, including Door Open Space Gallery and Laughing Tree Lab in Seoul, South Korea.
She returned to the United States in 2014 after living in South Korea for five years, where her work was featured in The Korea Herald, The LA Times, and The Guardian, among others. She was a monthly contributor to SEOUL and GROOVE Magazines and in 2014, Seoul Selection published a book of her work on Seoul Sub→urban. She continues to be a freelance photographer and writer while working for B&H Photo in New York City in the editorial and marketing departments.
She lives in Brooklyn.
I use photography to document and process cultures that differ from the one I was raised in. I was one of three from my high-school class in Alexandria, Kentucky to go out of state to college - and while my mother encouraged me to see the world, it was an unspoken expectation that I would return to my roots after earning my degree. Instead, I moved across the country to Los Angeles, followed by a year in Prague, five years in Seoul, South Korea, and a 15-month-long journey back to American soil.
The more my passport filled, the more I began to question the idea of identity and home and my place in the world. I initially used photography as a means of communication but ultimately I came to acknowledge that photography is universal language, allowing me to approach, interact with, and learn from someone who oftentimes doesn’t speak the same language. I use digital, analog, and instant cameras to foster connection with others, especially when they are wildly different from myself; it brings me the most joy.