Resonances: Joni P. Gordon – “Racial Representation Via Travel”

Joni P. Gordon (BFA Photography, 2019) was born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, in 1997 and is now based in Kingston. She has a passion for sculpture and photography, which she explored while enrolled at the Edna Manley College. Being a tactile learner, Joni merges her love for using her hands with her photographic skills, bringing about a marriage of the two mediums that challenges the conventional boundaries of photography. Her work has been exhibited in the 2019 Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Final Year Exhibition.

Statement

I have a burning desire to share my experiences with discrimination, especially during my time in the United States on the Work and Travel Exchange program. Discrimination, racial and otherwise, has been part of the fabric of human culture throughout history. My explorations are based on the personally triggering situations I have experienced and reflect ideas about the indisputable consequences and trauma inflicted on the black body as a result of discrimination.

My installation explores the scars and trauma that remains after the experience of discrimination. The forms are deconstructed and distorted to not be identifiable as recognizable human forms but they embody intense, vulnerable moments through the use of textured surfaces, abstraction, and omission, allowing the viewer a gateway into multiple possibilities and interpretations. By creating forms and images that reveal the scarring moments in an immersive environment, I want the viewer to become a part of the work, as an added component.

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