Glenna Jennings: At Table

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Every day, through Jan 30
Blue Sky Gallery Northwest Portland
This is an in-person event
"At Table (2005–ongoing) documents everyday spaces of expression and connection—dining rooms, kitchens, restaurants, bars, and coffee tables around the world. In locations including the USA, Mexico, Canada, China and Europe, I use my lens to navigate from a perspective that is local in depth but global in breadth. I have collected thousands of moments that capture friends, family, and erstwhile strangers sharing time around food and drink in spaces where I am also an active participant. My “tablescapes” offer subtle moments of drama and humor in which gestures, expressions and objects combine to perform as cultural artifacts and personal memories. I see the table as a space that can often transcend cultural barriers to become a place for authentic interaction. For an only child, these photographs have come to represent moments shared with an extended family that defies traditional definition. On a broader level, the work offers a unique visual anthropology of everyday moments shared by a range of cultures, while also addressing how photographs may function in the realm of history and memory. Though At Table focuses on places of access and abundance, the imagery often helps guide conversations around food justice and social equity, meshing with my work as a socially-engaged artist. Ultimately, this series aims to connect, rather than solely critique, aspects of the human condition that collide and converge in a familiar, everyday place —the table." (Promo Copy)

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