Peachy Keen visited Kelly Kristin Jones in her studio at the Atlanta Contemporary just before the opening of her solo exhibit Cotton is Still King at the Sandler Hudson Gallery (November 2 - December 8, 2017).
Jones explains how her Midwestern background informs her current practice, including her years teaching film photography to digital natives, and how her MFA program at the Art Institute of Chicago challenged her to confront her own position on the supposed “truth-telling” nature of photography as a medium.
She gives us the lowdown on using her own work as a bridge to understanding both familiar and unfamiliar locations, her interest in “flipping the script” on urban landscapes, and how she adjusted to the "Mars" that is Rush Week in Athens, GA, after a lifetime in Chicago.
Jones explains the process of collecting and producing images at Civil War historical marker sites that culminated in her current series of photographic “counter-memorials,” and why documenting seemingly small or personal events is worth the effort.
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