Exhibit Open

‘Reflections On Identity’ Now On Display At JCC’s Weeks Gallery

“Reflections on Identity” has opened at Jamestown Community College’s Weeks Gallery.

The exhibition is on display until March 27. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 338-1301. The gallery is located in Sheldon Center, 161 James Ave., Jamestown.

All Weeks Gallery programs are free and open to the public. Funding for the exhibition is provided through the JCC Foundation and JCC’s Faculty Student Association.

The exhibition features work by Fareed-Cooke as well as Tau Battice, Antonio Pulgarin, and Nichole Washington, award-winning photographers of diverse backgrounds whose work in portraiture, documentary and collage techniques pose questions about identity.

Battice, Pulgarin, and Washington are recipients of fellowship awards from En Foco, Inc., a non-profit arts organization that supports contemporary U.S.-based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander heritage.

Washington draws and paints on photographs to create dynamic portraits of African-American women. She superimposes images of strong feminine characters from mythical, historical, or pop culture sources onto the faces of her subjects. Her goal is to honor her African American lineage and encourage strength and liberated attitudes in the women who pose for her and in her viewers.

Colombian-American artist Pulgarin is represented by photo collages from the series “Fragments of the Masculine” based on family photographs of his uncle and his biological father that explore his Colombian heritage and the “Latino narrative in America.”

Numerous portrait projects by Battice, who was born in Basseterre, St. Kitts-Nevis and lives in New York City, will be on view in “Reflections on Identity.” Battice’s “Daddying” is a series of tender portraits of black men with their sons.

According to Battice, “Afro-Latina Intimacies and Identities” focus on the “deity and dignity” of “women of black African descent” who grow up in a world that surrounds them with “European-norming culture” beauty standards.

Also included is a selection of portraits from “Harlem: I(nF)lux” that show “Harlem in the faces of Harlemites of every stripe,” exploring ideas about Harlem as an historically African-American neighborhood in the midst of demographic change.

Battice will be an artist in residence at JCC Feb. 20-23. He will engage with students in anthropology, sociology and communications classes and present an informal artist’s talk for the public in the gallery from noon-1 p.m. on Feb. 20. Battice will also take portraits on campus and in the community for a Jamestown Portrait project.

Fareed-Cooke is an award-winning teaching artist who received a CEPA Gallery Exhibition Award last year for her photography and an Ignite Buffalo People’s Choice Award for her company Get Fokus’d Productions. The company provides story-driven photography, film services, and digital media workshops “where the ‘fokus’ is on capturing stories, teaching the next generation, and giving back to the community.”

Selections from Fareed-Cooke’s photography series “Warriors,” presenting documentary photographs of individuals who have fought battles to overcome adversity, are included in the exhibition at JCC.

Fareed-Cooke was an artist in residence on campus Feb. 5-8. Support for her residency was provided by the Sarita Hopkins Weeks JCC Concert Fund, which is administered through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Aside from her work as a teacher and photographer, she is also an award-winning musician known through recorded music and videos as “A.I.”

Fareed-Cooke/A.I. performed a hip hop and spoken word piece entitle “Power of Words” in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre for students and community members Feb. 6. She also spoke with digital video production and photography classes and facilitated a workshop with high school art teachers.

For more information, contact Briggs at patriciabriggs@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 338-1301 or visit weeksgallery.sunyjcc.edu or facebook.com/WeeksGallery/.

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