September 17 – October 24, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17, 6-9pm
Projections and Conversations: Thursday, October 8, 6-8pm
The year 2015 marks the fifty-year fight for human and civil rights in America. Yet, what was supposed to be a time of celebration turned into one of uprising across the nation. Half a century later, America is left with the question, “After Selma, where are we now?”
Photographer Joshua McFadden is a visual storyteller, whose interest in social justice advances human and civil rights in America through the narrative of his series, After Selma. His work illuminates similarities between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the demonstrations of the new millennium. McFadden’s work depicts the passion, anger and sadness of recent events in America, while at the same time showing the hope, strength and unity of a nation.
Regarding After Selma, McFadden says, “I think my work speaks to a world wide audience. Yes, it’s about the Black person’s experience in America, but it’s a worldwide topic. Everyone is involved, whether they see it or not.”
The exhibition will display framed photographs of intimate moments from the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. There will also be a night of projections and an open forum with the artist that will give a look into McFadden’s multimedia work.
McFadden was recently awarded a “Top 50 Emerging Talent 2015” award by LensCulture, for the After Selma series, by critic Mary Virginia Swanson. LensCulture is a global authoritative resources and publications for contemporary photography. McFadden is one of eight grant award recipients from thousands of photographers from over 120 countries.