Black Documents Artist Talk & Closing Reception

Addresse1125 Grand Concourse
AtAndrew Freedman Home
CountyBronx (NY2953)
1125 Grand Concourse
Andrew Freedman Home
Bronx (NY2953)
Tel 2017-12-16
Categoria Events
Black Documents Artist Talk & Closing Reception

Join us for an artist talk with exhibition curator Laura N James and photographer Jamel Shabazz. The talk is followed by a closing reception for Jamel Shabazz: Black Documents and Black Documents Freedom. Jamel Shabazz, born in Red Hook, Brooklyn to working-class parents, was gifted his first camera by his father in 1975. “While most children my age were reading comic books, I was studying all of my father’s photographic books and publications with a keen eye. So by the time I picked up my first camera a few years later, I had a basic understanding of composition and subject matter, and the rest is history.” –Dazed Magazine Jamel Shabazz: Black Documents strips away aspirational metaphors and presents these photographic documents in their prideful beauty. Shabazz’s exhibit is complemented by Black Documents: Freedom, photographic works by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Lola Flash, Danny Ramon Peralta, Edwin Torres, and Michael Young.

Their photos offer a contemplative appraisal of conversations between lens and subject, and give further agency to black lives. All share a similar aesthetic path as Shabazz while exploring a variety of social, gender, and urban geographies. Exhibition curator Laura James is a professional artist and illustrator with over twenty-five years of experience. Recent curatorial projects include group exhibitions Guerillas in the Midst Remix, Hot or Cold, and Bronx Now. In June 2017, Ms. James will present a retrospective exhibition of the legendary graffiti artists TATS CRU at BronxArtSpace. Laura James is also the executive director of, a directory of Bronx-based visual artists that programs exhibitions, artist talks, and panels throughout New York City.

Highlights from the Black Documents: Mosaic Literary Conference and Black Documents Exhibitions Opening Reception.

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