The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is host to two powerful exhibitions opening this week:
From the website: “The pairing of these exhibitions is intended to highlight humanitarian crises in two troubled nations. In an effort to familiarize our audiences with aspects of history that do not often receive in-depth attention in our conventional media, these exhibitions serve as examples of the College of Charleston’s campus-wide commitment to the discussion of international issues.”
Schedule of related events:
Friday, January 22nd:
3-4 pm: Jules Shell, Foundation Rwanda
4-5 pm: Jonathan Torgovnik
5-7 pm: Opening reception for Heather McClintock and Jonathan Torgovnik exhibitions
Saturday, January 23rd:
10 am – 12 noon: PANEL DISCUSSION
“FINDING A VENUE FOR CHALLENGING DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS”
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, College of Charleston
The Halsey Institute has put together a symposium with intent to discuss the dissemination of difficult imagery. The panel will explore different exhibition venues, websites, and publishers’ perspectives. Each panelist will give a brief (20 min.) overview concerning their organization’s engagement with challenging work, and share a few stories about how the organization has been able to persevere in this rarefied area.
Jonathan Torgovnik – artist/ photographer
Heather McClintock – artist/ photographer
Heather Dwyer – Blue Earth Alliance
Melissa Harris – Editor-in-Chief, Aperture Magazine
Tom Rankin – Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Mark Sloan, Moderator – Director and Senior Curator, HICA
Friday, February 19th:
4-5 pm: Heather McClintock
7 pm: Film screening: Invisible Children presents The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Solders
The exhibition will remain on view through March 13th. For directions to HICA, click here.
To view the both of the exhibitions online, click here.
About Heather McClintock:
“Originally from Vermont, Heather McClintock was seeking a deeper, more intimate connection to humanity and the commonalities of our existence. Beginning in the fall of 2005, McClintock lived in northern Uganda for just under a year, initially pursuing a desire to focus on humanitarian relief work through a photography program run out of Kampala. She started documenting the struggles of the Acholi tribe of Northern Uganda in 2006. Heather states that her images only touch on the Acholi’s unimaginable suffering and it is her hope that the photographs will underscore this complicated and imperfect life we all share. She hopes the viewers will lend compassion to all brave survivors of conflict. Her Uganda portfolio has garnered several awards and recognitions, including most recently being selected for the prestigious Eddie Adam’s Barnstorm XXI Workshop. She was also awarded an artist’s sponsorship by Blue Earth Alliance for The Innocent: Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda project, Merit of Excellence and Honorable Mention in the 2007 International Color Awards Photography Master’s Cup, the 2006 Center for Photographic Art Artist Project Award, the 2008 and 2006 Photo Review International, and First Prize and Honorable Mention in photojournalism in the Black & White Spider Awards. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and several private collections.”
About Jonathan Torgovnik:
“Jonathan Torgovnik was born in 1969 in Israel and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His photographs have been widely exhibited and published in numerous international publications, including Newsweek, Aperture, GEO,Sunday Times Magazine,and Stern, among others. He has been a contract photographer for Newsweekmagazine since 2005, and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography School in New York. In 2007, Torgovnik won the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize for an image from Intended Consequences. Torgovnik’s award-winning photographs have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe and are in the permanent collections of museums such as The Museums of Fine Arts, Houston and the Bibliotheque National De France in Paris. He is the author of Bollywood Dreams (Phaidon Press), an exploration of the motion picture industry and its culture in India. He is also co-founder of Foundation Rwanda, a non-profit organization that supports secondary school education for children born of rape in Rwanda.”
Click here to view the acclaimed MediaStorm multimedia production, Intended Consequences by Jonathan Torgovnik.