Please join us for our upcoming event at Photoville featuring Gerard H. Gaskin. Date & Time: Saturday September 21st 2:30 – 3:30pm Location: Photoville, Uplands of Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (click here for directions) Featuring: Gerard H. Gaskin’s Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene Discussion with Edgar Rivera Colon PhD and Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel Link to our Facebook event
Gerard H. Gaskin, the 2012 winner of the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, will present and discuss work from his forthcoming book, Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene (pre-order via Amazon now). This body of work, eighteen years in the making, is full of radiant color and black-and-white photographs which take us inside the culture of house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen. In this exuberant world of artistry and self-fashioning, people often marginalized for being who they are can flaunt and celebrate their most vibrant, spectacular selves. From the quiet backstage to the shimmering energies of the runway to the electricity of the crowd, Gaskin’s photographs take us to the ball.
The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Gerard, Edgar Rivera Colon PhD and Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, founder & curator of Visionaries. Gerard will contextualize his photographs within the ballroom scene and talk about why he was first drawn to photograph the intimate world of ball culture, the challenges of making beautiful work that is also representative of the history of a movement and the process of editing eighteen years of work into a first book.
For those of you who don’t know already, Photoville is a new 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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