Thursday, March 4, 2021
7 PM EST
Through photography, collage, sculpture, video, and sound Jay Simple will consider the intricate history, and contemporary manifestations, of movements by non-white bodies from the west coast of Africa, during the transatlantic slave trade, to the streets of Minneapolis in protest of George Floyd Jr murder by agents of the government.
Jay Simple is a visual artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Pamplin, VA. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Longwood University and founder of The Photographers Green Book, a resource for inclusion, equity, and diversity within the photographic medium. Working through photography and a variety of mediums, Simple examines historical and contemporary effects of colonialism and white-centric ideology within the context of the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.
He has had recent solo exhibitions at Hampden Sydney College (2019) and Longwood University (2019), and group exhibitions at Jamestown Art Center (2020), Franklin Street Works (2020), and Longwood Center for Visual Arts (2020). He is also a 2020 Artist-in-Residency at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center and co-curator of Asterisks in the Grand Narrative of History at the Longwood Center for Visual Arts.