Question Bridge: Black Males
Question Bridge: Black Males opens a window onto the complex and often unspoken dialogue among black men, creating an intimate and essentially genuine experience for viewers and subjects, while providing new opportunities for understanding and healing. This project brings the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America to the forefront. “Blackness” ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept.
Bayeté Ross Smith is an artist, photographer, and educator living in New York City. He is represented by beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary.
He began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation. Bayeté has exhibited with organizations and venues such as the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Oakland Museum of California, MoMA P.S.1, the New Museum, Duetsche Bank, Rush Arts Gallery, the Leica Gallery, the Patricia Sweetow Gallery, the Goethe Institute (Ghana), and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland). His collaborative projects Along The Way and Question Bridge: Black Males have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. He has also been involved in a variety of community and public art projects with organizations. His images have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002); SPE Exposure: The Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, and the various publications of Village Voice Media.
Chris Johnson is a photographic and video artist, writer, curator and arts administrator. He has also produced highly regarded performance works in collaboration with Suzanne Lacy. His artwork has been exhibited in two museum shows: "Being There: 45 Oakland Artists" at the Oakland Museum of California in 2002 and "Reflections in Black: A History Deconstructed" at the Mills College Museum in 2003. In 1994 he co-produced a large performance work in Oakland titled "The Roof is on Fire" bringing together inner-city high school students and adults. In 1996 he produced the original Question Bridge project that investigates class divisions within the black community.
He is currently a full Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts and author of The Practical Zone System: for Film and Digital Photography, currently in its 5th edition. From 1997 to 2000 he was Director of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography.
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