Meet the Artist:
March 13, 10am-12pm @ Gallery One
Get Your Portrait Taken:
March 23, 10am-12pm @ Gallery One
This body of work is born of Rasaan Burke's experience of moving to Ellensburg, knowing intellectually that black Americans are a minority and for the first time feeling as such. Anytime he encounters any one of the 2.24%, he wants to learn who they are and the motivations and passions that brought them to a small Pacific Northwest town. Rasaan wants these images to highlight black Ellensburg; to show how unique black community members are-their interests, their focus, their culture and passions. By changing the possible false perceptions of black people in this community, he showcases their complexity and individuality. Through a camera lens, we see whom they are in the moment, in the context they are choosing. Each image is an opportunity to see what is not always seen, to make visible the invisible. Through his work he aims to strip away the viewer's assumptions, to get to the essence of the people in these photographs are, and in doing so, liberate both the viewer of the image and the subject of the projected image. When biases are removed, true unity is possible.