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Opening Reception of COLORS & Body of Forensics: An HKS Student Photography Exhibit

Friday, May 20, 2022, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Open to the public, Event,

Celebrate the opening of an HKS student photography exhibit, now on view in the HKS Library Commons (ground floor of Littauer, to the left of the main Library entrance). This will be a catered reception.

The exhibit includes two projects:


(Curation and description by Thomas Bishop, MC/MPA '22).

COLORS is a project about perspective and light. The reflection of light changes the hue, saturation, chroma, and vibrance of color. We are all reflections of light. Bright and brilliant light creates beautiful colors. A change in perspective creates a change in how the subject reflects back at the viewer. This is true of all colors. It is also true about how we see people of color. Your perspective of them changes how they are reflected back on you.  White is one extreme on the color scale. It reflects light of all hues. White is viewed as good, pure, innocent. Black is the other extreme on the color scale. It absorbs all light. It is darkness. Black is viewed as bad, scary, and evil. The images in COLORS use vibrant and brilliant colors. It also uses bright and brilliant people of color. They are all light. They are all beautiful. Change your perspective.


Chuck Bell, MC/MPA '22

Thomas Bishop, MC/MPA '22

Ada Ezeokoli, MPA '22

Kwamoka Kiangoi, MPA '22

Tisa Smart-Washington, MC/MPA '22

Rico Washington, Interdisciplinary Artist

Body of Forensics

(Photography & description by Anandana Kapur, MC/MPA '22).

Blackness existed before your political consciousness acknowledged it.The contours of coloured bodies, the textures of their skin, and traces of their selves are available for those who seek. This curation/co-creation of ‘found’ images – that pre-exist in the public domain – is to offer the provocation that we need to reimagine and not necessarily reinvent how we gather evidence, witness, and testify the truths of our times. The forensics of the everyday is both an artistic and political opportunity to (re)claim the presence of the silenced other.  Just as these images exist in the commons, so do stories and contributions of Black – Brown – Coloured lives. We remain and have existed before ‘rights’ and ‘visibility’ were extended toward us. Among these framed fragments are textures, people, and memories that exist in our everyday lives but remain so deeply enmeshed in the tapestry of comfort for the mainstream that we are unable to even acknowledge them until they are refracted through art.

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