Debbie Rasiel Bio

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Debbie Rasiel is a photographer in New York City. Her recent exhibit at Soho20, The Vacationers, was a series of photographs from a resort in South beach. Debbie is fascinated by the idea of being a tourist—and often explores this in her work. She has spent the past four years documenting autism in locations around the world. Her project, “Picturing Autism,” included a solo- exhibition in May/June 2014 at the Soho20 Chelsea Gallery in NYC, and another in Vietnam, “Picturing Autism/ Vietnam,” in March of 2016. This show was made possible with funding and collaboration from the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) in Hanoi, and a grant from Grand Challenges Canada. Debbie’s current collaboration with CCIHP in Vietnam, for the siblings of children with autism was awarded the International Engagement Prize from the Wellcome Trust. In South Africa she documented a papermaking, poverty relief program. These photographs are included in a book, “Women on Purpose,” which was funded by the Ford Foundation. Debbie has also written about and curated exhibitions for other artists, including a book and an exhibit on Dorothea Lange. She received a BFA from the University of Florida, an MA from Tufts University, and has completed coursework toward a PhD at the City University of New York with a concentration in photography and contemporary criticism. Debbie has had extensive training in digital media at the International Center of Photography. Her photographs are included in many collections, both private and public, including Rutgers University and the University of Johannesburg.

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