Visionaries presents Gerard H. Gaskin at Photoville September 21st 2:30 – 3:30pm

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.

Please join us and spread the word!

Visionaries launches Queens Museum’s Passport Fridays series

Thanks so much to all who came out to Flushing last night to join us for such a beautiful evening!  Visionaries co-presented the launch of the Queens Museum’s Passport Fridays series with an evening of music, dance and film from Haiti.  The museum’s whole summer series is devoted to events in conjunction with the city-wide exhibit Caribbean Crossroads of the World. Special thanks to Prerana Reddy of the Queens Museum and  Ase Dance Theatre CollectiveDjarara and When the Drum is Beating for bringing it!  Here are a few photos but you can see more on our facebook page.  All photographs by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Prerana Reddy and Jennifer Samuel introducing Ase Dance Theatre Collective

Ase Dance Theatre Collective Performing

Djarara leading a rara

A beautiful night for a screening of When the Drum is Beating