September 13, 2012
TERRY BODDIE: COAL MAN
May 19th to June16th, 2012
RECEPTION: Saturday, May 19th, 7-10pm
ARTIST TALK: Friday, June 15th, 6-9pm
All around the world, charcoal is made by an ancient process of carbonizing wood through controlled burning under mounds of earth over a period of weeks. The resulting coal is often the only affordable source of fuel for families in many parts of the world. Making charcoal is backbreaking, dangerous work for the men and women who do it. In this new, documentary styled exhibition, Artist/Photographer Terry Boddie, looks at the life of coal man Cuthbert Clarke, casting him as an embodiment of the culture of charcoal making in Terry’s home island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean. With contemporary issues of energy, deforestation, tradition, post-colonialism and the need to make a living all at play, Mr. Boddie will present his sensitive, conflicted and moving perspective of a man whose practice was passed onto him by the artist’s own family.
Terry Boddie was featured in HR, at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Infinite Island, at The Brooklyn Museum and Tropicalisms, at The Jersey City Museum.
This documentary project was awarded a 2011-2012 photography grant from the Helen and George Segal Foundation, which will help fund the second phase of the project. The photographs in the exhibition were printed at the Advanced Media Services Lab at New York University.