Questions of Practice: Artist Hank Willis Thomas on Photography and Framing
Hank Willis Thomas
21 Nov 2016
In conjunction with the multi-phase engagement and exhibition Philly Block Project, visual artist Hank Willis Thomas talked with us about his approach to photography. “I’ve always struggled with how the truth becomes framed through a split second of time, a narrow angle of view,” Thomas says. “I’m interested in photography that keeps giving, rather than [photography that] is an endpoint.”
Presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Thomas’ installation, The Block, highlights present-day South Kensington, celebrates its residents, and showcases the year-long project’s work in building community ties through the arts. The exhibition is on view through November 26, 2016. Learn more on the project website.>>
Hank Willis Thomas is a visual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history, race, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the International Center of Photography, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Thomas received a MFA/MA in photography and visual criticism from the California College of the Arts.
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