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Paul Turounet received his MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art in 1995. For the following fifteen years, he photographed in Mexico for which he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1997 and grants from the Trans-Border Institute in 2003 and 2004 for his continued work on the U.S. – Mexico border.

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This work, including Estamos Buscando A, Bajo La Luna Verde and Tierra Brava, considers the psychology and culture of the U.S – Mexico border exclusively in Mexico and has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in both the United States and Mexico, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona, the New Mexico State University Art Gallery in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Regis University in Denver, Colorado, the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, the El Paso Museum of Art, Texas, the University of Texas – Brownsville, Centro Cultural Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico, and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

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In 2016, his self-published book, Estamos Buscando A, was shortlisted and a runner-up for the 2016 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award, and was included on the New York Times – The Best Photo Books of 2016.

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Through a suite of portfolio books and installations, his ongoing series, Somewhere Out There, Something Is Happening, explores an American spirit and the psyche of the contemporary social scene during a time of hope and change and whether what is past is truly prologue. Selections from the series have recently been exhibited at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana and the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.

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Paul Turounet is a Professor of Art and Photography at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.  He has previously taught at the University of San Diego and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico for the University of San Diego’s Guadalajara Summer Program.

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Paul Turounet Interview with Abbey Hepner

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Conversation about photographing in Mexico along the U.S. – Mexico border for nearly 20 years, including Tierra Brava and Estamos Buscando A, and what happens when observation leads to the transformation of the photographer’s beliefs and values.

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Contact

Email:  paul.turounet@gcccd.edu

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Gallery

jdc Fine Art

Phone:  (619) 985-2322

E-mail:  info@jdcfineart.com

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