New York Climate: 2020 by Nina Dietz

New York University Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging Class of 2020

17 Aug 2020 Brooklyn
New York Climate: 2020 by Nina Dietz
Photo by Nina Dietz

LOCATION: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Fulton Ferry Lawn | Directions coming soon!


This banner presents selected works from the senior thesis projects of 23 young artists who received their BFAs from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography & Imaging in 2020.

Kalean! Basque Youth in the Late 2010’s by Ari Adams, Love & Rage: The New Faces of Climate Activism by Anna Betts, Charrería/San Antonio by Taylor Bissey, New York Climate: 2020 by Nina Dietz, A Perfect Restraint by Rafik Greiss, Autocorrelations by Junyan Hu, In Flux by Ember Hua, Pamiętasz? (Do You Remember?) by Karolina Lajch, Look at Me/Look at You by Grace Lee, Miles Away by Wenyu Li, Nakry Nakry by Phoebe Nakry Lincoln, Dulzura (Sweetness) by Mariel Llano, Left Unsaid by Daniela Loya, No Vacancy by Katie McGowan, Dear Autism Siblings by Angelica Milagros Negron, Hello World by Sammy Ray, Chrysalis by Erica Palmieri, The In Between by Tori Schaeffer, Seven Stars by Jack Seidenberg, Jackson Heights by Ellen Shuan, Whitebox by Robin Takami, Fatherland by Katerina Voegtle, Déjà Rêvé by Mark Wei.


The projects range from portraiture and documentaries, to conceptual and experimental photo-based works, and they address issues of climate change, identities, memory, cultural heritage, borders, adoption, alienation, visuality, labor, and more. Listed below are the titles of the 23 thesis projects created by the artists in this exhibition.

Featuring: Ari Adams, Anna Betts, Taylor Bissey, Nina Dietz, Rafik Greiss, Junyan Hu, Ember Hua, Karolina Lajch, Grace Lee, Wenyu Li, Phoebe Nakry Lincoln, Mariel Llano, Daniela Loya, Katie McGowan, Angelica Milagros Negron, Sammy Ray, Erica Jordan Palmieri, Victoria Schaeffer, Jack Seidenberg, Ellen Shuan, Robin Takami, Katerina Voegtle, and Mark Wei

Curated by: Lorie Novak


Ari Adams is from Vermont and currently pursuing a graduate degree from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Originally from Brighton, UK, New York City-based Anna Betts’s project Love and Rage: The New Faces of Climate Activism was published in Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, and i-D magazine. New York-based Taylor Bissey from Seattle, Washington, is interested in how communities are formed, and traditions are transformed, through generations. Documentarian and activist Nina Dietz is from Baltimore, focusing on environmental justice and social responsibility.

Rafik Greiss
is a New York based, Irish-born Egyptian artist. Junyan Hu is from Beijing, currently living in New York, and interested in language games, perception, and cybernetics. Ember Hua is from China. He pays attention to the beauty of mundane scenes, and the diversity of people’s stories. Karolina Lajch, was born in Warsaw, Poland, moved to the U.S. as a child, and explores her fascination with memory and identity. Korean-born, Atlanta-raised Grace Lee, currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Wenyu Li was born and raised in Guangzhou, China, and is constantly looking for neglected, but peaceful elements in her life.

Phoebe Nakry Lincoln grew up in Chicago, and is exploring her identity as an adoptee from Cambodia. Mariel Llano is from Guaymas, Mexico, and is inspired by her cultural background. New York City-based Daniela Loya works primarily with themes related to identity and introspection. Originally from California, Katie McGowan lives and works in Detroit, while pursuing an MFA from Cranbrook Art. Angelica Milagros Negron’s older brother, who is severely autistic, shaped her as an empathetic individual, with a passion for social justice. New York City-based Sammy Ray is originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, and wishes to expose the ever-shifting meaning of photographs.

Erica Jordan Palmieri is a visual artist based in New York City. Jack Seidenberg is working on two long-term documentary projects in New York City. Ellen Shuan works primarily in photojournalism and documentary photography. New York City-based Robin Takami is a Japanese-American photographer and writer from Seattle, Washington, whose work frequently incorporates themes of the natural and ephemeral. Katerina Voegtle deals with themes of U.S. nationalism and national myths. Mark Wei is a photographer and producer from Taiwan, and based in New York.


The Department of Photography and Imaging of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University is a four-year B.F.A. program, centered on the making and understanding of images, offering students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum, while demanding a broad grounding in the liberal arts.

The department embraces multiple perspectives and approaches, encouraging critical engagement both in, and outside of the classroom. Majors explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression, while working in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making, multimedia, new media, immersive, and post-photographic 3D simulation technologies.