thehallway:communityart at 701 Whaley
Oct 2nd through Dec 10th
Opening Reception Oct 8th • 3pm – 5pm
Even before Black & White opens, it will have already achieved part of it’s goal—to promote frank, intimate conversations about race and a tool for discovering more about people in the community. The resulting 20 black and white photographs will be shown at The Hallway: Community Art at 701 Whaley, October 2-December 10.
A reception will be held Oct. 8th from 3pm-5pm at 701 Whaley in the Granby Room.
The portrait exhibit was created by photographers Dalvin Spann, a black 36 year old and Lee Ann Kornegay a white 57 year old. They envisioned it as a project that would challenge themselves, then ultimately viewers of their work to learn new things about their subjects and talk about what it feels like to be black or white in current times. Each agreed to photograph 10 people of a different color.
Kornegay began taking photos when her mother gave her a Canon camera back in 1977. She works frequently in video and has made documentaries about West Africa, the civil rights case Briggs vs Elliott and 701 Whaley.
“Black & White came out of a desire to gain and promote a better understanding of people of a different color. We can never move forward with more positive race relations until we get to know each other, share our fears and joys and have authentic relationships.”
Spann first started taking photos as a way to show samples of his visual art, then became a serious student of black and white film photography in college. He is a co-founder of Izms of Art, a collective of black artists.
For me, “Black & White” was a representation of people who use their art form, profession and life to cross over the boundaries of color. True passion of what inspires you should have no baring on color, race or walks of life.
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