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The JKC Gallery
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~ a gallery for photography and the lens-based arts ~
located at the MCCC James Kerney Campus in Trenton, New Jersey

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CURRENT EXHIBITION

Aaron Turner Aaron Turner - "Arkansas Delta"
October 4 - November 4

Reception and Artist Talk:
Thursday, October 12, 5-8pm, Talk at 5:30pm

Gallery hours during exhibit:
Monday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Arkansas Delta
The Arkansas Delta is not only a series of river basins that empty into the Mississippi from the west but also a conglomerate of cultural richness which consists of farming, religion, music, and food to name a few. During the 70s and 80s the fading of sharecropping and technological advancements in farming equipment caused major shifts in farming and other local industries, resulting in people looking elsewhere for work. Photographer Eugene Richards photographed the Delta 40 years ago in the late 60s and early 70s. The landscape of the Arkansas Delta has remained the same but the people who inhabit it have shifted dramatically, through population loss. My project, Home: The Arkansas Delta, looks at complex remnants of the region tradition, population loss, sharecropping, king cotton, my own family and many other topics in between. Growing up in the Arkansas Delta in a small town called West Memphis, and looking back on things, resilience has always been deeply rooted in those around me. My approach to documenting the region is through photography to capture the resilience of people and the region itself, from an insider's perspective. I use photographs as a visual representation to talk about the present and future while comparing it to the past. I want to share the story of my own family within a larger context of the region itself.
-Aaron Turner

Aaron Turner M.A. Visual Communications, Ohio University
M.F.A Visual Art Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
Aaron Turner (b.1990) is a photographer and educator currently based in the Hudson Valley working as Technical Director in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College, also as an Adjunct Professor at Bard College at Simon's Rock. He uses photography to pursue personal stories of people of color, in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas. Aaron has a strong interest in the role that documentary photography plays in both the art and journalism worlds, and the crossover this creates in contemporary photography

Aaron is also the founder of Photogs of Color which is a social media project dedicated to promoting well and lesser known photographers of color.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

FALL 2017

November

Kathy Shorr - Shot Kathy Shorr - "SHOT"
November 8 - December 6

Reception and Panel Discussion:
Thursday, November 16, 5-8pm, Panel Discussion at 5:30pm
Discussion will be with gun violence survivors, included in the book "SHOT", moderated by MCCC Professor Alvyn Haywood
Book signing will follow discussion.

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.

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SPRING 2018

Jen Davis - Eleven Years Jen Davis - Eleven Years
January 25 - February 22

Reception and Artist Talk:
Wednesday, January 31, 5-8pm, Talk at 5:30pm

"And I always kind of thought about myself in my role in the work as this otherness...it was me but it was a version of me..." - Jen Davis

Jen Davis explores body image, identity, and relationships through the lens of her camera and the lens of her own journey transforming her body and her perception of who she is. Her work explores the tension between how you see yourself and how others see you. Jen's work is filled with intimacy and a desire to connect with others through the process of creating the photograph. The publication of her book "Eleven Years" helped inform a national conversation about body image and fat shaming.

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Tony Chirinos - Fighting Cocks
March 5 - March 30

Reception and Artist Talk:
Wednesday, March 21, 5-8pm, Talk at 5:30pm

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

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Niko J. Kallianiotis - America in a Trance
April 12 - May 10

Reception and Artist Talk:
Wednesday, April 18, 5-8pm, Talk at 5:30pm

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.

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

Aubrey J. Kauffman - "It's Not About the Game"
Aubrey J. Kauffman September 5 - September 29

Reception and Artist Talk:
Wednesday, September 6, 5-8pm, Talk at 5:30pm

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.

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Beloved Trenton Beloved Trenton - Habiyb Ali Shu'Aib (beloved1)
June 19 - August 21

Reception and Artist Talk:
Friday, June 23, 5-8pm, Talk at 5:30pm

Gallery hours during exhibit:
Tuesday: 11-4
Wednesday: 12-6
Thursday: 11-4

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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.

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Wendel White - Schools for the Colored Wendel White - "Schools for the Colored"
April 6 - May 4

Artist Talk and Gallery Reception:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5 to 8 p.m.

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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

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CJ HARKER - TRENTON BLACKSMITHS

CJ Harker - "Trenton Blacksmiths"
February 9 - March 9

Artist Talk and Gallery Reception:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 5 to 8 p.m.

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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.

 

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GALLERY HOURS
Hours for current exhibit (10/4/17 - 11/4/17)
    Monday: 10:00am-2:00pm
    Wednesday: 10:00am-2:00pm
    Thursday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Trenton Hall
137 North Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

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