Debbie Rasiel Bio

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Debbie Rasiel is a documentary and project based photographer in New York City. In her recent exhibition at Soho20, The Vacationers, Debbie continues to explore her fascination with the culture of tourism. She has been developing this series in Florida, and exhibiting in Miami. Debbie has spent the majority of her professional life working for NGO’s, Universities, and collaborating on personal projects. In 2008, she traveled to South Africa with a team from the Universities of Johannesburg and Michigan to document a poverty relief program. Her photographs are featured in Women on Purpose, a book published by the University of Johannesburg with funding from the Ford Foundation. For Debbie’s current project, Picturing Autism, she has traveled to six countries in the past five years and had two large-scale exhibitions—one in Chelsea, and another in Hanoi, Vietnam, through a collaboration with CCIHP, a Vietnamese public health organization. With CCIHP Picturing Autism has evolved into another collaboration, receiving the International Engagement Award from the Wellcome Trust. Debbie has also written about and curated exhibitions for other artists, including collaborating on a book and an exhibit on Dorothea Lange which traveled to the Steinbeck Center for its centennial. 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.Her photographs are included in many collections, both private and public, including Rutgers University, the University of Johannesburg, and the Center for Creative Initiatives, Hanoi.

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