October’s Virtual Artist Talk – Jovell Rennie

Please join us next Wednesday for our second Virtual Artist Talk of the 2022-2023 season when we’ll have Jovell Rennie of Anchorage with us.

Rennie’s early photographic work focused on sharing his experiences of Alaska with a global audience through social media (Instagram & Twitter), web (Buzzfeed, CNN, Complex, Highsnobiety) and print based outlets. He has continued to use photography as a means of expression and connection within his community.

In 2018, Rennie co-founded Akela Space, a gallery showcasing contemporary Alaska art. Developing projects at the intersection of art and social justice, Rennie organized the exhibition I Can’t Breathe in 2020, in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. He is also the creative lead for the Black in Alaska storytelling project, Vice-Chair of the Municipality of Anchorage Arts Advisory Council, and previously served as an advisor for Black Lives in Alaska: Journey, Justice, Joy, an exhibition at the Anchorage Museum.

Zoom Link for 10/19 at 7pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82261090286?pwd=ZE5aVkYzTng0cDI5MGl0Sis5Yk1zdz09

EXHIBITION DETAILS (from museum website):

The Place I Call Home reflects the people, places, textures, and moods photographer Jovell Rennie associates with his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Trinidad and raised mostly in Alaska, Rennie reveals varied facets of millennial life in Alaska’s largest urban center through his photographs: wild landscapes glimpsed through the window of a car, portraits of friends, snapshots of strip malls, parking lots and other overlooked corners of the city. The Place I Call Home is about friendship as a process of creative exchange, the freedom of wild spaces, and the sense of beauty that emerges from taking a closer look at our most intimate everyday surroundings.

Included within the exhibition is an edition of prints on t-shirts, as well as a display of disposable camera photos taken by Rennie’s friends and acquaintances. As an early adopter of Instagram, a street-wear fanatic, and a collector of analog cameras, Rennie has developed an aesthetic in formed by urban trends, the democratic appeal of social media, and the approachability of lo-fi camera technologies.

“I don’t think that there’s such a thing as the ‘perfect camera’ or that you need something fancy to make compelling images,” Rennie says of his love of analog cameras and the photographic process of discovery. “But I do understand the joy of using something that feels just right in your hands. Ultimately, the best camera to take photos with is whatever you have access too. The heart of an image comes from curiosity, not the equipment that was used to make it. Curiosity of your surroundings, of your community, and of yourself.”