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21c Museum and CLICK! Speaker Series: The Future is Photography with Rhonda Klevansky

21c Museum Hotel Durham and CLICK! Photography Festival are proud to present 21c Museum and CLICK! Speaker Series: The Future is Photography.

Speakers:

Rhonda Klevansky: Reaching Out to Durham’s Hungry

Thursday, October 14, 2021 6pm in Main Gallery, 21c Durham

Get your Eventbrite tickets for Rhonda Klevansky’s Artist Lecture here.

Tamika Galanis: The Archive is Now

Thursday, October 21, 2021 6pm (Zoom lecture)

Register for the Zoom lecture here.

Margaret Sartor: The Problem of Human Behavior

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6pm in Main Gallery, 21c Durham

Get your Eventbrite tickets for Margaret Sartor’s Artist Lecture here.

 

The artist lectures are free, but seating for in-person talks is limited and a ticket is required by visiting Eventbrite.

Providing a safe event for artists, attendees, and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor and follow guidance provided by the CDC. Updates and information will be shared with registered attendees through email prior to the performance. Masks are required.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rhonda Klevansky, is a South African videographer, photographer, writer who lives in Durham, NC.  She has worked on a range of nature films for broadcasters in the UK, South Africa, and South America, advocacy videos and articles for non-profit organizations, and has written a children’s book about big cats.  In her personal photography and film-work, Klevansky exposes the fault lines of our society by focusing her lens on the valiant efforts of “ordinary” people, to confront and mend the inequities.  The heart of her work is informed by her family’s history of migration from war-torn Eastern Europe and her witnessing of oppression perpetuated in Apartheid South Africa.

In Reaching Out to Durham’s Hungry she shone a light on the extraordinary efforts by people who provided food to those who needed it. She photographed individuals who ran food pantries, restaurant owners who provided free meals, bakers who give away bread, farmers, a cheese maker, people who delivered food boxes to vulnerable, impoverished families, medical students who took food to the homes of outpatients, and a young woman who is used the money she earned from dog walking to make healthy meals for the homeless.  These photographs were exhibited in the vitrines of 21c Museum Hotel Durham, The Museum of Durham History, Durham Arts Council, Central Park, and on the fence of Bull McCabe’s Pub.

Her portrait series, Fragments of Another Life, Refugees, Exiles and Their Stories, was exhibited in the UK, USA, and South Africa. Here, Klevansky collaborated with the refugees and asylum seekers she photographed, to transform their images into personal documents by adding prose, poetry, and artwork.

Klevansky’s personal video work includes Community Threads, a short film made during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Welcome to My Paradise, about sand artists on the beaches of Durban, South Africa, and One Band Indivisible about a Durham high school marching band. She is currently writing a documentary memoir to accompany thirty years of images she created in Patagonia.

ABOUT CLICK! PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

CLICK! Photography Festival celebrates the medium of photography and its cultural influence by engaging the photography community with exceptional photo-based works and artists. The month-long festival every October brings together photography lovers, exhibitions, and programming while fostering dialogue between photographers and community members, all in hopes of inspiring artistic excellence, supporting professional development, and promoting community engagement.

 

Pictured: Rhonda Klevansky, Lilton Evans Jr. (detail), 2021, Inkjet (Epson) print

Lilton Evans Jr. has been helping grow food since his retirement ten years ago. Born and raised on a Virginia farm, he served in the Airforce, and spent 39 years as a steelcutter for military contractors. Now he volunteers with Urban Community Agrinomics, Briggs Ave Community Garden, and harvests crops with the Society of St Andrews.

 

 

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