Sandhogs' is the affectionate term for the miners who have risked their lives since 1970 to work on the new 60-mile water tunnel in New York City. Offering a window into the unseen systems of underground New York, LeVay explores the 'art form' of mining in the modernised city. Part of a multi-faceted project of photo, video, web and installation art exploring the mutual dependency of the surface city and the underground world, Sandhogs brings this vibrant and intricate subculture to the surface for the first time.'
Gina LeVay was born in Chicago and holds an MFA in Photo and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. LeVay works both in the U.S. and abroad, on independent and commissioned projects. Her award-winning work "The Sandhog Project," was exhibited as a large-scale photo and video installation at New York's Grand Central Terminal in 2006. She is currently based in New York City. Bonnie Yochelson is an art historian and curator specializing in photography. She received an MA (1979) and PhD (1985) from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and worked for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art before becoming Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York in 1987. Yochelson teaches a seminar in the MFA Department of Photography at the School of Visual Arts and curates their annual MFA thesis show.