Is this a critique of minority collectivism? Is the black athlete an individualist? Or is the photograph commenting on how much hope the community deposits on its young, to the degree of blinding itself to everything else?
As stated in part one of this essay series, Picturing Diversity, in democracy, we are all unique in our difference and, also, that we are all actors. People of color have an added advantage here. Or perhaps it is a handicap. For not only are its members unique but they are trapped in that uniqueness. Normal means to be like everyone else, which implies that one thing minorities can never be, is normal.
The photographers in the exhibition Connections opening at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in NY and San Francisco, were selected because they engage in a compelling dialogue between the past and the present, the personal and political, and most importantly between the artists and their subjects. They are tackling issues of race, gender, identity in America.