Trenton, New Jersey — “Third Thursdays,” the popular monthly photography presentation and artist talks at the James Kerney Campus (JKC) gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) at 137 North Broad Street in Trenton, will take place on January 20, 2022 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This month, the focus is on works by New Jersey artist Ryann Casey and photographer and visual explorer Flora Fanzutti. The show is hosted by Heather Palecek and Habiyb Shu’Aib and the public is invited. One must reserve.
Hosted by Michael Chovan-Dalton, director of JKC Gallery, the event will take place this month on the Zoom conference platform.
“JKC Gallery is kicking off the new year with two notable guests for our monthly third Thursday event,” said Chovan-Dalton. “Ryann Casey is a great friend and partner of the JKC Gallery. Ryann recently curated ‘Before, After – Reflections on the Armenian Genocide’ at Stockton University and ‘The Mark and Memory’ right here at the JKC Gallery with me. »
“We will also welcome Flora Fanzutti who will join us virtually from Lyon, France,” Chovan-Dalton said. “Flora has just been featured in ‘Analog Forever’ magazine and will be part of the ‘Experimental Photo Festival’ in Barcelona in July.”
About the artists
ryan casey is a New Jersey-based artist, curator, and educator. Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography with a minor in Gender Studies from Stockton University, as well as an MFA and MSc in Photography and Art History. from the Pratt Institute. She currently works as an Adjunct Professor of Photography, Art History and Critical Theory at the University of Stockton, Mercer County Community College and Rowan College. Casey’s current photographic and curatorial projects focus on themes of loss, trauma and memory.
Casey’s focus on “Third Thursdays” continues the “event of loss” theme which Casey explains as an exploration of “the intersection of personal loss with the ongoing threat of climate change and environmental degradation. , in particular through the filter of memory and mourning”. The project was based in the United States National Park System and began shortly after the sudden death of a close friend. Casey was inspired by her friend’s life as a nature enthusiast and, for a time, a park ranger.
Casey explained, “Loss Event is an effort to understand how grief can shape how we move through the world and how loss can be felt both in deeply private spaces and publicly in places of grandeur.”
For more on Ryann Casey, visit https://www.instagram.com/ryann.casey/
Flora Fanzutti visually explores the living matter of photography.
Fanzutti, who is based in Lyon, France, doesn’t see photography as a fixed time with fixed memories. Fanzutti explained: “It’s as alive as our relationship with him; it is as changeable as our memories themselves.
Among other notable achievements, Fanzutti is a permanent artist at the photographic workshop “la MGB” in Lyon. Since 2015, she has been a professor of photography at SEPR — a professional training center in France — while working with artist interventions and conferences at the ENSAL school of architecture, Sciences Po Paris and other schools. She also spent two years in Australia as a photographer.
Through his experimental explorations, Fanzutti seeks to reveal a dialogue between representation and medium. She explains: “Experimental processes are a means of manually and physically intervening on the materiality of the medium itself, leading to accidents and unknowns. I dialogue and travel with these new territories, and I bring back images of them, as an explorer would.
To learn more about Flora Fanzutti, visit https://www.florafanzutti.com
About “Third Thursdays” at JKC Gallery
Heather Palacek and Habiyb Shu’Aib launched the “Third Thursdays” Artist Talks as a platform for artists to showcase their work to Trenton and the regional community. The events quickly reached audiences from New York to Philadelphia. With the introduction of virtual and in-person hybrid exhibitions, JKC Gallery now showcases artists from across the United States and beyond with a global audience.
For registration information, visit JKCGallery.online.
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Located at 137 North Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey, the JKC Gallery at Mercer County Community College is a gallery of photography and lens-based works by international and regional artists. To learn more about shows and entry requirements, including Zoom links, please visit JKCGallery.online. Please call or email [email protected] for gallery hours and in-person viewing. JKC Gallery will hold virtual exhibitions through social media accounts and its community gallery site.
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