“MOMENTS & MEMORIES”: Images such as those of artist Tim Dill are included in “The Mark and the Memory” exhibition, on display until September 17 at the James Kerney Campus Gallery on the Mercer County Community College campus in Trenton.
The James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) now presents “The Mark and the Memory,” an exhibition that explores the role of photography in documenting and dealing with trauma.
Organized by Ryann Casey, assistant professor at MCCC and independent curator, the exhibition will run until September 17. A closing reception will be held on September 14.
The exhibition examines how the photographic medium uses history, intervention and self-documentation to approach and respond to traumatic experiences. It includes artist interviews, a catalog and a virtual tour.
Participating artists include Terry Boddie, Renée C. Byer, Chrystofer Davis, Tim Dill, Emily Fuhrmann, Paul Kitagaki Jr., Heidi Kirkpatrick, Hannah Kozak, Bridget Laudien, Diana Markosian, Camilla Martineli, Janelle Wilson, Tamara Torres and artists from the Odyssey Project (Nathan Maybee, Chris Veltri, Erica Duncan and Brianna Robinson).
The exhibition features an introductory essay by Kate Spiller, M.Ed. in Organizational Development and BA in Film and Media Arts, both from Temple University. According to Spiller, “Trauma is delicate because it is often inconsistent in the way it manifests itself in ourselves and in others. In the work I do as a transformative mediator, I see all types of trauma and constantly remember how difficult it can be to move forward. I hear stories of survivors who carry pain, shame, sadness, anger, a desire for revenge, helplessness … all those complicated feelings that a person has to overcome while living their experience daily. In addition, the person who inflicted the damage is also a carrier of trauma. They may find themselves stuck in spirals of shame, self-hatred and uncertainty about how to move forward if they have not taken responsibility for past damage and / or are terrified of letting go. idea of inflicting them again.
Casey has participated in a series of exhibitions devoted to grief, loss and trauma. “These shows are enlightening in some ways, making people more comfortable talking about them,” Casey said. “When you have this [traumatic] Event [in your life], you don’t see it the same way. When you lose someone, in a second you become a different person. It changes the way you look at the world, the lens through which you look is different.
This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of guest-curated exhibitions and lectures aimed at increasing the diversity of voices represented at the gallery.
JKCG is located in MCCC’s Trenton Hall, 137 North Broad Street, across from the Kerney Building. Gallery opening hours are by appointment only. Email [email protected] to request a visit.