Exhibition dates: September 10th - October 24th, 2014
Opening reception: September 10th, 6-8pm
While reflecting on the African-American community of San Francisco, James Baldwin once said, “This is the San Francisco Americans pretend does not exist.” The Bayview-Hunters Point district, at the southeastern corner of the city, has for years been isolated from the rest of the city and cited as a significant example of urban marginalization. A recent Brookings Institution report identified the area as an “extreme poverty” neighborhood. Yet today, with a new light-rail and other plans on the horizon, the area is the focus of redevelopment projects. The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, a superfund site requiring years of toxic radioactive pollution cleanup, is being targeted for 10,500 new homes. Once an outskirt, Bayview-Hunters Point is on its way to becoming another coveted San Francisco zip code. While the African-American community watches its neighborhood transform, gentrification threatens to undermine its accessibility. Once considered a historic African-American district, displacement is underway.
In 2010 Kirk Crippens was invited to make photographs of Bayview-Hunters Point. He began wandering the neighborhood with his camera, but the work looked just like what it was: an outsider wandering the perimeter of a community. If the work was going to have any authenticity or power, Crippens needed to connect in a significant way. He decided to attend one of the churches he saw in the neighborhood. In early 2011, he walked into Providence Baptist Church. His life changed that Sunday morning; he was adopted by the congregation of Providence. The church became the lens through which he learned about and connected with the community. Crippens now serves on an arts board in Bayview-Hunters Point, and the church is his home away from home.
While other projects focus on the gritty, troubled aspects that come from oppression and economic struggle, The Point is a celebration of Bayview-Hunters Point. It features the people who’ve grown up and lived their lives there- the kings and queens of Bayview-Hunters Point.
The Point opens at RayKo Photo Center on September 10th where a host of artists from Hunters Point will be performing: Jesse Sahbi (an artist from Bayview via the Ivory Coast) will be singing and playing guitar, Mary Booker (a legendary Bayview poet and playwright) will be reading poetry, and a small group from the Voices of Providence Choir are also performing! Portraits of these residents and many others will be in the exhibition. Come celebrate this vibrant San Francisco community and meet Kirk Crippens and the luminous people of Hunters Point!
The Perimeter of the World:
Contemporary Travel Photography
A juried exhibition
Exhibition Dates: August 6 - September 3, 2014
Opening Reception: August 6, 6-8pm
I found an old journal with a map of Naxos taped to the front. Inside the cover is one phrase written in my tiny scrawl: “The diffused edge of the world.” Also inside, two Polaroids: one b&w, of a man I almost married. One color, of the man I left him for the year I traveled the perimeter of the Indian Ocean. Scribbled entries and notes and sketches from my journalist days. And one folded contact sheet of a group of fisherman lit by the dusk sacrificing a goat to thank the gods for a great catch…I grow restless just looking at the frames…
I hear photographers talk of how they shoot more when the travel…and it's these images that I wanted to see in this exhibition. What drives them to lug a 4x5 into the mountains or to buy 100 rolls of film for a trip or to rent expensive dream lenses for their digital cameras or to download every picture on their smartphone so they can capture limitless images? What Judy Walgren and I found while jurying this exhibition answered these questions.
The Perimeter of the World features photographs by Jane Alexander-Perry, Stan Banos, Jaime Beechum, Giselle Brewton, Carter Brooks, Annette Burke, Anirudha (Robi) Chakraborty, Steve Chapman, Thomas Cole, Valentino Columbo, Stuart Cox Jr., Amber Crabbe, Carly Cram, Petra Davis, Mark Dawson, Monica Denevan, Henry Dombey, Rudi Dundas, Ben Fash, Thomas Foster, Mark Francis, Michael Gandy, Alexis Gerard, Dave Getzschman, Mike Glad, Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar, Michelle Govang, Esha Gupta, Elaine Heron, Patricia Houghton Clarke, David Janesko, Oliver Klink, Curtis Koshimizu, Guilhem Lacaze, Lucille Lawrence, Mido Lee, Christine Lenzen, Claire Lerner, Elaine Ling, Susan Lirakis, Joyce Lopez, Michael Lopez, Ernie Luppi, Horia Manolache, Nina Menconi, Chester Ng, Eben Ostby, Hendrik Paul, Guy Reynolds, Eleonora Ronconi, Nicolo Sertorio, Yon Sim, Jason B. Smith, Kyle Smith, Jon Soliday, Santiago Vanegas, Imrich Veber, Sandra Chen Weinstein, Joanne Winship, and Yisheng Wu
Juried by Judy Walgren, director of photography for the San Francisco Chronicle and Ann Jastrab, gallery director of RayKo Photo Center. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on August 6th. The Best of Show photograph will be published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday 10, 2014.
Judy Walgren took the helm as director of photography at the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2010. Under her watch, her team has won numerous national and international photo and photo editing awards, including a 2014 Pulitzer finalist position for feature photography and first place in the Best of Photojournalism Awards for their photo editing portfolio. Walgren, herself, holds a Pulitzer in International Reporting along with a team of Dallas Morning News writers and photographers who chronicled violent human rights abuses against women worldwide. During her career, she has photographed wars in Somalia and Sudan, styled and shot incredible food for amazing chefs, co-produced documentaries on tribal elders in northern Kenya and is presently raising a son, Theo, 8, and their Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Stella, as well. She is also in the process of earning her Masters in Fine Art from the Vermont College of Fine Art.
Ann Jastrab is currently the Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center. The RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten shows annually featuring many nationally recognized artists. Ann has curated numerous exhibitions for RayKo as well as juried exhibitions for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios at the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Review LA, PhotoAlliance (Our World), SPE, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, Lishui International Photography Festival in China, and Click646 as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. She has also been teaching courses at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1994.
Stop by RayKo Photo Center to see the rest of the images in this fantastic exhibition of travel photography!