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08.05.2017 | Reese Gallery | Artist talk | John K. Blair | Saturday, Aug 5th, 2017 | Doors 1pm talk 1:30pm | Free

August 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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Please join for an artist talk with John K. Blair. He will be discussing his studio practices and his inspirations for the solo exhibition “Blues for Jim Crow”. John K. Blair, explores how historic anti-black laws have evolved into policies that define the systemic racism of today.  By layering contemporary and cell phone portraits over and through historic photographs, Blair invites us to interpret the present through the lens of the past.  Many of Blair’s multifaceted images are printed on vintage mid-century Kodak papers.  His photographic flashbacks suggest how the history of racial oppression continues to have a psychological and multi generational impact today. Many of these images are quite beautiful and all of them are powerful. However, some are brutal, and therefore may not be suitable for young children.

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