San Francisco Bay area based photographer, Adrienne Pao, is currently engaged in two photographically based series. Hawaiian Family Portraits examines the influences of Hawaiian fantasy on individual identity in the present day. Her provocative collection of Dress Tents, developed in collaboration with artist Robin Lasser, brings images of 21st century females into sharp focus. Both projects investigate notions of tourism in real and imaginative landscapes, and involve a combination of performative and staged scenarios. Adrienne also photographs portraits, commissioned and project based, whenever time allows.
Pao’s work has appeared in fashion and pop culture magazines, as well as art journals around the world including Slate (online ‘16), Modern Luxury (Honolulu ’14), Happy (Russia ’11); COLOR (International ’11); Top (Brazil ’09); Dazed and Confused (London ’08); Space (China ’08); Craft Magazine (US ’08) Amica (Bulgaria ’07); Metro News (London ’07); Playboy (South America ’06) and many others. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, California; Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Caixa Cultural in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Metenkhov House Photo Museum in Yekaterinburg Russia, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, in Seattle.
Pao’s Hawaiian Cover-ups photographs were recently featured in the book and traveling exhibition “War Baby/Love Child” through 2013. Most recently, Adrienne’s work was featured in the Prologue Exhibition “Chain of Fire” for the Honolulu Biennial in 2014. In Summer 2016 she and collaborator Robin Lasser had a solo show of their Dress Tents photographic series at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA.
Adrienne received her MFA in Photography from San Jose State University in 2005 and has been a photographic educator in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2004. She is currently Associate Director of the Graduate School of Photography at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.
Montalvo Arts Center, Lucas Foundation for the Arts
Doble Comunicacao Cultura and Social Ltda, Brazil
U.S. Consulate General – Yekaterinburg Russia
Nuit Blanche – Toronto, Canada
Evergreen College Arts Center
Brolly Arts (Salt Lake City)
Cal Arts Integrated Media Commissions
UCSC Interventions Festival