Photographs by Nate Larson, featuring artwork by Akia Jones and Autumn Hughes
January 2017 - TBD
For the last year and a half, I have worked in collaboration with Jubilee Arts to make portraits of Baltimore City youth engaged in their programming. Jubilee Arts is a non-profit that provides arts classes and other services to the residents of the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods. The portraits come out of conversations, sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly, sometimes planned and sometimes spontaneous.
As I photograph, the images downloaded from my high-resolution camera to my linked phone, which is shared with the subjects as we discuss the nature of the representation. The youth frequently transmit the photographs to their own devices and social platforms. This body of work is a part of an ongoing long-term engagement with the neighborhoods and communities that make up my city.
Many thanks are owed to Jubilee Arts and, in particular, Nora Howell and Kim Loper. Creation of these photographs is made possible, in part, by a Rubys Artist Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
About the Artists:
Nate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media. His projects have been widely shown across the US and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired, The Guardian, The Picture Show from NPR, Slate, CNN, Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Buzzfeed News, Vice Magazine, the New York Times, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, APM’s Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post, and Art Papers. He is full-time faculty in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). During his 2015 sabbatical, he was the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist at Duke University and a Rubys Artist Project Grant Recipient from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. His artwork is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. www.natelarson.com
Akia Jones is a young artist in Baltimore, taking classes at Jubilee Arts and is a member of their Youth in Business Program. He is a senior at Baltimore City College magnet high school. He is currently working on obtaining an art show out of state. https://www.instagram.com/akia_jones/