All sorrows can be borne…


On view: Dec 8, 2018-Jan 6, 2019
Opening Reception: Dec 8, 6-10pm
PhotoNOLA Reception: Saturday, Dec 15, 6-10pm
Daily hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12-5

All sorrows can be borne… features Allison Beondé, Rose Marie Cromwell, Amy Elkins, Annie Flanagan, and Jessica Ingram, and is curated by AnnieLaurie Erickson and Jared Ragland.

Inspired by author Isak Dinesen who, during an interview with the New York Times Book Review in 1957, said, “I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them,” All sorrows can be borne… questions the traditional roles and expectations of the documentary image through a variety of contemporary photographic, video, and installation works. Across the exhibition, these nationally-regarded artists challenge assumed histories, hierarchies, and notions of objective truth through both critical and personal points of view. Each artist employs the relational power of narrative storytelling to appeal to our common humanity, reconcile subjective vision with social engagement, and sensitively reflect upon issues including civil rights, gender identity, mass incarceration, and marginalized culture.

Allison Beondé is a visual artist living in New Orleans, LA. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in partnership with Tufts University. She has received a Traveling Fellowship through the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a Light Work Grant, an Artist Grant through The Canary Lab at Syracuse University, and was a recent fellow at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. She is currently an MFA candidate at Tulane University.

Amy Elkins is an 8th generation Californian currently based in the Greater Los Angeles area. Her work explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the impacts of mass incarceration, isolation and capital punishment through both formal and conceptual means. She has exhibited and published nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; among others. Elkins has been an artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, the Villa Waldberta International in Munich, and Latitude in Chicago. She is the recipient of the 2014 Aperture Prize and the 2015 Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant. Her first book Black is the Day, Black is the Night won the 2017 Lucie Independent Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award and the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize, and listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photo-Eye, among others.

Jessica Ingram works with multi-media and the archive to explore the ethos of communities, and notions of progress and resistance in American culture. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from California College of Arts & Crafts in San Francisco. Ingram received the Santa Fe Prize for her work Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial, a distinguished fellowship from the Hambidge Center for the Arts, and is a recurring Visiting Artist and Scholar at Columbus State University in Georgia since 2013. Her work has been featured in California Sunday Magazine, The New York Times, Oxford American, Vice and Wired Magazine. Her traveling solo show Road Through Midnight was recently exhibited at the National Civil Rights Museum, Tennessee State Museum, and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. Ingram’s book Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial is forthcoming from University of North Carolina Press in 2019.

Rose Marie Cromwell is a photographic and video artist whose work explores the effects of globalization on human interaction and social politics. She is also interested in the tenuous space between the political and the spiritual. Cromwell is a recipient of the 2018 Light Work Photobook Award and was shortlisted for the 2017 MACK First Book Prize Shortlist. Her monograph, El Libro Supremo de la Suerte, was recently co-published by Light Work and TIS Books.

Annie Flanagan is a freelance photographer, filmmaker and editor based in New Orleans, LA. Their work focuses on issues surrounding gender, sexuality, identity and trauma in the United States. Annie recently completed their graduate thesis project for The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.