Current MFA Photo/Video student Terrance Purdy Jr. is featured in the For Freedoms Residency at the International Center for Photography. The group show, entitled IT IS A MIRACLE THAT WE ARE STANDING HERE is both a celebration and an elegy, inspired by the the artist John William Murphy. The show alludes to the forces of empowerment, love, and disenfranchisement that have brought us to where we are today.
For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. The foundation produces exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)— freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear— For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.
Terrance Purdy Jr. is an artist from Chicago, IL. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri and is currently working toward his M.F.A. in Photography, Video, & Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Purdy Jr. is interested in the ways that identity is shaped in the black community; specifically, how identity intersects with themes of religion, sports, material culture, and violence. Purdy Jr. captures the embrace of these pertinent topics, as well as their rejection and reconstruction, in a way which gives agency.
To quote Purdy Jr.: "African Americans are in a unique circumstance of constantly constructing a culture and identity, one that is always being appropriated while simultaneously being demonized. There is power in that process."
Terrance Purdy Jr.'s work will be on exhibit at For Freedoms' IT IS A MIRACLE THAT WE ARE STANDING HERE until April 28th. The show is a part of For Freedoms Federation's residency at the International Center for Photography-- 250 Bowery, New York, New York.