STUMP at the Candela Gallery
We are gearing up for an “interesting” Fall, filled with politics not-as-usual and a campaign that will surely sully an institution once held in some regard. The Candela Gallery in Richmond, Virginia kicks off the season with a new exhibition, STUMP, featuring a line-up of photographic artists whose work is “politically salient, couched in national issues, or generally steeped in concerns we are all facing.” The gallery’s hope is to “sponsor discussion around an array of issues at the forefront of national debates. The photographic works featured draw on our current culture and provide a lens through which to examine issues both locally and globally important.” The exhibition opens on September 2 and runs through October 22, 2016.
The featured artists include Lindsey Beal, Sheila Pree Bright, Debi Cornwall, Mark Peterson, Brian Ulrich, Tom Kiefer, and D.M.Whitman. STUMP artist Mark Peterson documents the theater of the campaign trail. Lindsey Beal highlights issues regarding sexual freedom and women’s reproductive rights. Sheila Pree Bright covers the Black Lives Matter movement inspiring a crucial dialogue about racial inequality and political struggles that divide us. Debi Cornwall explores the dire and often bizarre world of those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and those who guard them. Tom Kiefer takes a humanizing look at immigration, and the risks migrants take crossing the border in hopes of a better life. Brian Ulrich captures American consumerism and the allure of material wealth. Lastly, D.M. Witman examines climate concerns and the harsh realities of changing environmental regimes.
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