After Selma - Photography by Joshua Rashaad McFadden
Exhibition / Free admission
The road from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, wasn't without opposition. Yet through adversity, Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands from the African-American community into new and deserved territory known as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today's streets mirror similar scenes from the past. Across the country, community members of all races mourn the wrongful deaths of black boys and young men and women, while still fighting for what they thought they had all along: civil rights. Their sentiments can be heard through the thunder of the crowd: “We have marched from Selma, but fifty years later, where are we now?”
In After Selma, Joshua Rashaad McFadden’s photographs delve intimately into the lives of a hurting, yet hopeful people in the South during and after the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery. His work explores the comparison between civil rights demonstration efforts during the march of the 1960s and the current protests arising from police brutality cases across the United States. McFadden reflects topics he is passionate about.
The images, purposefully set in black and white, highlight the shades of emotion experienced by present-day Selma sojourners. A spirit of unity and hope was captured in each frame as multigenerational subjects reflect the strength of a community and a people, regardless of color. Featured Alabama landscapes, seemingly somber, again become the birthplace of faith in a better future.
Joshua Rashaad McFadden is an award winning artist, originally from Rochester, New York. He developed his photography career at an early age, through his bachelor, and, finally, his master’s degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2015, he was named one of the top emerging talents in the world by LensCulture and received the first place International Photography Award (IPA) for After Selma.
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7 p.m. - The artist will be present.
Friday, February 17, till Friday, May 12, 2017
Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
Kindly supported by Amerikahaus Verein
(Picture: ©Joshua Rashaad McFadden)
My Sons and I / ©Joshua Rashaad McFadden