Codi Barbini 
Artist | Filmmaker

Signs Of American Life

I’ve collected old photos since I could remember. It’s a combination of a love for photography, a love for the image, a facination with the history or the weight of a hand.

There is a universal grammar, language and history, of seeing and creating images. I am interested in how we create this meaning, and how we decide what images are worth looking at.

I use found snapshot photography - paint them, dye them, and modify them, to create something modern and playful. Sometimes this means creating a new fictional narrative or preserving the history and culture of a place.

I call the series "Signs of America Life", though it's constantly evolving.

97th ANNUAL International Competition (2023)

The Print Center ANNUAL is one of the most prestigious and oldest juried competitions in the United States. The 97th ANNUAL features works by 35 of the finest international artists currently using photography or printmaking as critical components in their work.

The 97th ANNUAL was juried by Dr. Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography and Interim Head, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums and Curlee Raven Holton, Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, The David M. and Linda Roth Professor of Art, emeritus, at Lafayette College, Easton, PA and founder of the Experimental Printmaking Institute. Best and Holton reviewed over 2,050 images and videos submitted by 411 artists. Submissions came from 45 states and 22 countries across the globe. We are pleased to present an online exhibition of portfolios from the 10 Finalists and 25 Semifinalists.