Dylan Yarbrough Sompasauna

March 2 -26, 2020

Sompasauna features new work by Dylan Yarbrough created in Finland, funded by the Stuart R. Abelson Award. This ongoing photography project documents a communal bathing space, known as Sompasauna. Nestled between the urban wasteland of a former harbor and the Baltic Sea, the community welcomes visitors regardless of gender, race, class, nationality, or any other disposition. Visitors are expected to coexist in peace.

Construction of luxury condos in the area is expected to threaten the existence of this place. Until then, Sompasauna inspires a diverse sub-culture of people who celebrate the notion of egalitarian bathing space. This body of work raises questions about place, community, trust, and larger expectations of well-being in society.

DEPS is proud to present the next volume in the DEPS Artist Profile Series featuring Columbia MFA Photography candidate Dylan Yarbrough. Please click on the link below to view an interactive document featuring images created by Dylan Yarbrough created for his solo exhibition Sompasauna.
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This exhibition is partially sponsored by Columbia College’s Photography Department and the Stuart R. Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship. The Stuart R. Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship was established to encourage international travel among graduate Photography students while completing a specific project and to support the experience by assisting with the costs of travel.

Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter, mporter@colum.edu, 312.369.6643
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

All DEPS facilities, including event spaces, galleries and ShopColumbia will be CLOSED to the public until further notice.