The Joseph Carmine de Jessa Memorial Bridge over the Passaic River connects the towns of Lyndhurst and Nutley, New Jersey. The bridge is named after a 19 year old US Marine who died from a mortar attack while deployed as a rifleman in Quang Tri, Vietnam, 1967. The bridge spans a part of the river contaminated with dioxin from Vietnam War era Agent Orange production. During the 1960’s the Diamond Alkali Co. plant in Newark, NJ, produced Agent Orange for the US military and then dumped the surplus into the Passaic River where it settled into the riverbed stretching from Newark to Lyndhurst. The dioxin contaminated the fish and contributes to the River’s designation as a superfund site. Clean up of the dioxin and other pollutants are estimated at well over $1 billion. The bridge is in a state of disrepair and slated for eventual replacement.
May 3, I’ll be talking about “An autobiography of Miss Wish at the 2nd Biennial Reva & David Logan Photo Book Symposium in Berkeley, California. Register for tickets and also hear from photographers/authors Janet Delaney, Larry Fink, Jeff Mermelstein and more.
May 25, I’ll be giving an artist lecture at the Doc Festival in Norway which has a fantastic line up this year including Fred Ramos, Shahidul Alam and Rineke Dijkstra.
May 29 – June 16 – An exhibition of An autobiography of Miss Wish will open at Image Singulieres in Sete, France. This will include original letters, and drawings as well as prints and a two channel video. I’ll be at the festival from May 29 – June 2 along with my colleagues at NOOR.
Artist Lecture January 24 – 25,Women in Focus: Documentary and Citizenship Conference sponsored by the University of South Wales, Cardiff, The National Museum of Wales and the European Centre for Documentary Research. Many thanks to photographer and educator Lisa Barnard for the invitation.
Exhibition February 1, 2019 – Walled off: The Politics of Containment, Founders Gallery at the Military Museums in Calgary, Canada. The NOOR Za’atari project, which I produced with NOOR photographers Stanley Greene, Andrea Bruce and Alixandra Fazzina, is on display through May 20, 2019. Many thanks to Curator and Professor Dona Schwartz for including the work.
Read the recent UN report on what we’re facing if our leaders continue on this path to destruction
Opening October 11 – November 2 Whose Streets? Our Streets! Harris Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology
which is a look back on protest movements in New York City and includes many of my
An autobiography of Miss Wish
September 13 – September 28, 2018
I’m exhibiting work in September from An autobiography of Miss Wish as part of the Organ Vida photography festival. The exhibition at Gallery NOVA , a non-commercial, experimental art space, includes original objects, drawings and personal items from Kimberly (Miss Wish) along with images and videos, some of them shot this summer. Thanks to the brilliant Croatian curator Marina Paulenka for embracing the work and offering her vision and insight. The videos – my first foray into multi channel projections – were edited with Elyse Blennerhassett, a talented sound artist based in Brooklyn.
I’m delighted to be contributing two pictures as part of this pop up show highlighting the NYPD’s failed policing strategy from Stop and Frisk to more lethal forms of police violence. Thanks to the New York Civil Liberties Union for leading the way.
“The Museum of Broken Windows is a pop-up experience in New York City, which features the work of artists from around the country. The Museum showcases the ineffectiveness of broken windows policing, which criminalizes our most vulnerable communities. The strategy of broken windows policing is outdated and has never been proven to be effective at reducing crime. For decades, communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by broken windows policing.”