Tonight, Saturday September 28th 6:00pm
Please join PPAC as we host a dual book signing/lecture with artists Jordan Baumgarten and Amani Willett.
Briar Patch, Jordan Baumgarten’s forthcoming publication with Parts & Labor Books, is about the dissonance felt when your home is somewhere you don’t belong. The images explore a life and a relationship in the context of an at-times violent neighborhood, and the anxiety of that looming violence coming into the home.
Willet’s Disquiet is a metaphoric journey that examines the first two years in the life of the photographer’s son, weaves intimate family pictures with images of political and economic turbulence in American society between 2010 and 2012. Relying on a comprehensive visual approach, including environmental portraiture, landscapes, still lifes and news images, Disquiet creates a multi-layered story of beauty, tenderness and unease. The cinematic images form a narrative arc in which the photographer’s sense of anxiety is palpable.
Jordan Baumgarten is a Philadelphia-based photographer. He received his BFA in Photography from the Univesity of the Arts in 2006 and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. His work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Providence, and featured in multiple publications including Flak Photo, Fraction Magazine as well as online in PDN’s Photo of the Day blog. His first book, Briar Patch, with Parts and Labor Books, is forthcoming this September.
Amani Willett’s monograph “Disquiet” was published in the spring of 2013 by Damiani. He was recently featured in the books Street Photography Now (Thames and Hudson) and New York: In Color (Abrams). Willett’s pictures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at the Howard Greenberg gallery and his work has been featured in such publications as American Photography, Newsweek and The New York Times. He has given talks about his work at institutions including the International Center of Photography. Willett received his MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Amani currently lives in Brooklyn with his family.