This exhibition was juried by Lou Jones and Greer Muldowney on behalf of the Flash Forward Festival.
Mike Bodall, Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD)
Tara Butler, Emerson College
Brandon Dunning, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Jamie Feiler, Hampshire College
Abby Hanus, Hampshire College
Candice Jackson, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)
Camilla Jerome, Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD)
Hollis Johnson, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)
Lydia Mackela, Rhode Island College (RIC)
Gabriela Margarita, Yale University
Rachel Martin, New England School of Photography (NESOP)
Karen Mawikere, University of New Hampshire (UNH)
Kolin Perry, Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD)
Kathryn Riley, Boston College
Will Russack, School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA)
Sara Salazar, Hampshire College
Kelsey Whitaker, New England School of Photography (NESOP)
Yulin Wu, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Flash Forward, the celebrated emerging artists platform, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Gallery Kayafas is proud to partner in the festivities by highlighting the many achievements of the gallery’s artists and friends that have been a part of this amazing organization’s journey. During the month of April, the gallery will highlight 9 artists from the 10th anniversary edition in the lead up to the annual Flash Forward Festival in Boston.
The Gun Show brings together photographs of significant visual merit marked by the artists’ inclusion of guns, whether deliberately or incidentally. The intention of this group exhibition is not to say ‘guns are good’ or ‘guns are bad,’ but rather to point out the presence of firearms in our visual and verbal vocabularies and consider their influence on the collective unconscious.
The 13 New England photographers in The Gun Show are not directly engaged in the study of guns, gun culture, or violence. In the context of this show, removed from the artists’ intended series and stories, we look at pictures of guns as pictures about guns.
Six shipping containers featuring the work of Gregor Schmatz, Daesung Lee and David Magnusson will be on display, along with the Photoville Fence and a special New England Photographers Fence on Cross Street.
Acclaimed Boston photographer Bill Brett returns with Boston: Irish, a collection of more than 260 black-and-white photographs of the people and the city he loves. It is his most personal book yet.
Building on his four previous books, Boston, Irish turns the lens on Bill’s own community, the city’s Irish Americans. Dedicated to his mother, Mary Ann Brett, Boston, Irish chronicles—and crystallizes—a unique period in the city’s history. A time inhabited by newly arrived immigrants and second- and third-generation Irish-Americans that won’t be seen again.
Boston: Irish covers every aspect of the region’s Irish-American community with portraits and stories ranging from a 99-year-old nun to a colorful funeral home director to an Irish tenor to a New York Times best-selling novelist. It also explores the full breadth of the Irish immigrant experience, representing those from the Republic and Northern Ireland and both Roman Catholics and Protestants alike.
For Mary Ann Brett, who to all who knew her was the embodiment of grit, heart, and faith, and those of her immigrant generation, the sense of Irish community in Boston was not limited to one family or to a single neighborhood. It was felt grandly, holding those from Beacon Hill and City Hall to the very last street in the city in its embrace. When the world thinks of Boston, they think of the Irish as the city’s bulwark community. What Bill Brett thinks of Boston runs much deeper and can be found on each and every page of Boston: Irish.