Visionaries is excited to return to Photoville this year to present Hyphenated, featuring first and second generation American photographers who explore themes of identity, memory, home and belonging through their work. As new Americans, these artists often live in multiple worlds. With their unique insider-outsider access and perspective, they represent and probe their own past and present — bridging the gap between geographically separated but historically connected communities. Rather than having their stories told to them, these artists imagine the spaces in between, narrating the “Hyphenated” experience in the first person.
Hyphenated: first and second generation American photographers in conversation
Date & Time: Saturday September 27th 2-3pm Location: Photoville, Uplands of Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (click here for directions) Featuring: Delphine Fawundu, Pete Pin, Keisha Scarville, moderated by Visionaries founder and curator, Jennifer Samuel
Adama Delphine Fawundu is a Sierra Leonean-American fine artist and educator born in Brooklyn, NY to a mother from Equatorial Guinea and a father from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Her latest series Deconstructing SHE examines the theory of social constructivism in the development of identity. What impact do post-Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and postcolonial societies have on the development of social constructs such as “race,” “gender,” and “class?” How valid are these constructs as reflected in personal identity? Through this performance art series of still and silent monologues, Fawundu transforms herself into various personalities as she delves into this investigation of self and society.
Pete Pin is a Brooklyn-based Cambodian-American photographer. Born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand following the Cambodian Killing Fields and raised in California as a first generation refugee, he uses his work to explore the legacy of the Killing Fields in the Cambodian-American diaspora. For the past four years, he has been photographing in Cambodian communities across the U.S., with the aim of using photography to create generational dialogue through community engagement and collaborative storytelling. Pin is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the International Center of Photography.
Keisha Scarville self identifies as a first generation Guyanese-American-Brooklynite. She photographs her family and common everyday objects in order to investigate issues surrounding identity and memory. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Rush Arts Gallery, Bric Arts Media House, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. In addition, her work has appeared in Transition Magazine, Nueva Luz, Photo District News.edu, ARC Magazine, Time, Vibe, Nylon, and The New York Times where her work has also received critical review. Currently, Keisha is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography.
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel is a Sri Lankan-American filmmaker and photographer whose projects connect personal stories to larger themes of migration, identity and movement as activism. Her company, Fine Grain Films, recently completed Claiming Our Voice, a film about South Asian domestic workers in New York. She has worked on several documentary films for PBS Frontline, Independent Lens, POV and BBC. In addition to creating her own work, she presents artists through her nomadic series, Visionaries. She is the Associate Director of Anastasia Photo, a gallery specializing in documentary photography and photojournalism. Samuel studied anthropology and photography at New York University and received her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University with a focus on media and economic development.
Photoville is a Brooklyn-based photo destination, a pop-up village of freight containers transformed into temporary exhibition spaces, which first took place in the summer of 2012. Photoville featured a feisty mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time projections, a photo dog-run, a camera-flower greenhouse, and a summer beer-garden with food trucks that created a photography destination like no other. All exhibitions, lectures and workshops are FREE and open to the public.
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