~ a gallery for photography and the lens-based arts ~
located at the MCCC James Kerney Campus in Trenton, New Jersey
See the SUMMER 2017 schedule for the next exhibition!
Beloved Trenton - Habiyb Ali Shu'Aib (beloved1)
June 19 - July 17
Reception and Artist Talk:
Friday, June 23, 5-8pm, Talk at 5:30pm
Gallery hours during exhibit:
The JKC Gallery is pleased to present the work of
Habiyb Ali Shu'Aib (beloved1).
Habiyb Ali Shu'Aib (beloved1) was born and raised in Trenton. At age 9 his parents gave him a disposable camera which began his love of photography and photographing the city he calls home.
Shu'Aib's photographs show us Trenton with honesty and affection. Trenton can be a complicated place to describe because it is a city that struggles with its identity and it is perceived differently by those who only know it through the media, by those who work here but live elsewhere, by those who left here, by those who moved here, and by those who never left.
Shu'Aib's photos are made by someone who is familiar with a place and at the same time endlessly curious about that very same place. His work reads like a journal from someone who is sketching images and taking notes for what will ultimately become a novel of what his life was about in the place he grew up. For the viewer, we are given an experience that may reflect our own perceptions of Trenton but they may also remind us of something familiar and beloved in our own travels.
Aubrey J. Kauffman - "It's Not About the Game"
Part of Kauffman's series on Urban Studies, these are photographs of athletic fields and courts that are not meant to be experienced as landscapes but as backdrops where events take place. Kauffman examines the design and architecture of these utilitarian and highly regulated spaces and how they interact with their surrounding environment when they are unoccupied.
Guest Curator: Efrem Zelony-Mindell - "n e w f l e s h"
Photography can abet the forming of personal characteristics. The camera is a crafty thing; it is dangerous and intelligent in the hands of hungry and humbled makers. The self is not nearly as solid and definitive as it is pliant, abstracted and ephemeral. Queer is about acknowledging that state of possibility.
These images build new realities from fragments; they are beyond repugnant but rejuvenated in perception. They are a mass of wonderful contradictions. That quality allows them to become truly queer in their humanity. Facts are held by individuals - but they are not simply their selves. We are learning to see. There's a place inside each of us where we know nothing - there's no telling what happens there. We are becoming ourselves, and everything’s equal. The body’s potential exists beyond its conventions. These photographs act as a pathway to illuminating manipulation; they create a new reflection. We need to take the time to trust ourselves, and learn how to stop just looking at the things we know, so that we may see them for what they could become. The photographs are of a new flesh, they will expose that truth can no longer be finalized.
Kathy Shorr - "SHOT"
Those who die from gun violence can only address the issue as statistics and memories of lives that were. The SHOT project focuses on the living whose lives have been forever changed by the emotional and physical trauma of gun violence. They are present in their portraits, words (survivors write a statement to accompany their photo) and voices (video clips) and are not able to be dismissed as statistics that have passed on but rather as a "force" to reckon with.
SHOT enables us to explore the dialogue about gun violence. A number of the survivors in SHOT are responsible gun owners. It is not meant to be polarizing but rather to connect us to each other and how much we have in common, giving us the opportunity to begin to take an unbiased look at guns in American society. Responsible gun laws are desired by most Americans. - Kathy Shorr
Along with the show will be panel discussion on gun violence which will include survivors who are included in Shorr's new book, SHOT.
Niko J. Kallianiotis
America in a Trance
Photographer Niko J. Kallianiotis was born in Greece. But he has spent the last two decades - half his life, now - in Pennsylvania's small towns and big cities, taking photos as he crisscrossed the state.
When he first immigrated to Scranton 20 years ago, he said he came with a fictional idea of America in his mind from the movies: vibrant, prosperous, thrilling. This wasn't exactly what he found. Instead, he discovered that once-thriving towns in Pennsylvania were beginning to struggle. He watched as industry left and casinos rose in its place. More recently, he began to see parallels between the troubled economic situation in his home country and the one in Pennsylvania: a glut of services, but no industry, and rising unemployment because of lack of opportunity. He felt he was chronicling the "fading American dream."
Now, he has turned those photos into a project called "America in a Trance"
- Elizabeth Flock PBS Newshour
Read the full interview here.
Growing up, photographer Tony Chirinos often heard stories from his father about his childhood in Cuba, including tales of the cockfighting culture there. As Chirinos got older, he thought back to those stories, and his interest in cockfighting increased further when he read Gabriel García Márquez's novella, No One Writes to the Colonel. When Chirinos had the opportunity to visit St. Andres, Colombia, he was eager to see a fight for himself.
- Jordan G. Teicher, Slate.com
Read the full article
Wendel White - "Schools for the Colored"
April 6 - May 4
Artist Talk and Gallery Reception:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5 to 8 p.m.
These photographs depict the buildings and landscapes that were associated with the system of racially segregated schools established at the southern boundaries of the northern United States. This area, sometimes referred to as "Up-South," encompasses the northern "free" states that bordered the slave states. Schools for the Colored is the representation the duality of racial distinction within American culture. The "veil" (the digital imaging technique of obscuring the landscape surrounding the schools) is a representation of DuBois' concept, informing the visual narrative in these photographs. Some of the images depict sites where the original structure is no longer present. As a placeholder, I have inserted silhouettes of the original building or what I imagine of the appearance of the original building. The architecture and geography of America's educational Apartheid, in the form of a system of "colored schools," within the landscape of southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois is the central concern of this project. - Wendel A. White
CJ Harker - "Trenton Blacksmiths"
February 9 - March 9
Artist Talk and Gallery Reception:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 5 to 8 p.m.
The Trenton Blacksmith shop has been open and operating in the same modest brick building for nearly 200 years. Many souls have called that building home in one sense or another. Countless stories can be traced through the many corners of the shop or found caught up in the dust and cobwebs. The shop's current master blacksmith, Sasha, is a remarkable individual with an abundance of character who has kept an amazing piece of history living and breathing year after year since 1971. He is always ready with a warm greeting and a willingness to tell his own tales fueled by a full life. Sasha eagerly passes his many years of knowledge and experience along to his students. A diverse group of area residents of all ages, Sasha's pupils include a Trenton school teacher/bladesmith and a neighborhood youth who has been a journeyman blacksmith under Sasha since the age of 10.
CJ Harker is an award-winning and internationally published photographer from Trenton, NJ currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. CJ attended the MCCC Photography & Digital Imaging program before transferring to and earning his BFA in photography from The University of The Arts. He is currently a teaching assistant and resident artist at his alma mater in Philadelphia. Working at craft schools such as Peter's Valley and Penland reinforced CJ's affinity for the photographic object.
CJ works with a combination of digital and analog methods. While his editorial work is generally made using contemporary digital tools, the majority of his personal work is composed of alternative or historic processes. But more often than not there is a degree of overlap between the two, mixing the best of both photographic eras.
Hours will be posted at the beginning of the next exhibit.
137 North Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608