Teaser: BK Reader article "Art Exhibit, ‘Church of Broken Pieces,’ to Hold Service in Bed-Stuy

Richard Beavers Gallery
Sep 14, 2017 9:11PM

By Daphnee McMaster; Published September 13, 2017

Shawn Theodore
Juba, 2016
Richard Beavers Gallery
Shawn Theodore
Supermassi , 2016
Richard Beavers Gallery
Shawn Theodore
Kijito, 2016
Richard Beavers Gallery

Fresh from the African-American Museum in Philadelphia, notable photojournalist, artist and Philly native Shawn Theodore brings the “Church of Broken Pieces” on its next mission to the Richard Beavers Gallery in Bed-Stuy, beginning Saturday, September 16.

Although it is not a place of religious worship, the gallery’s church exhibit will showcase vibrant colors, spiritual and uplifting imagery, and cultural narratives, much like the Bedford-Stuyvesant community.

For Theodore, the Bed-Stuy community is one that can love and shepherd his work the way his native Philadelphia did. He credits much of that belief to gallerist, Richard Beavers.

Beavers says that there is a lack of art dealing with black identities in an empowering and uplifting manner. He added, he finds Theodore’s work relevant to the current issues of the community, including displacement, unemployment and how it affects interpersonal relationships.

“I want people to look at this and see themselves in these photos,” said Theodore. “There is nobody in these photos who are professional models. You’ve [got] speech pathologists, lawyers, people who work at the supermarket…” The exhibit captures the essence of authentic black experiences because of Theodore’s months to years of engagement with the communities he shoots. According to Theodore, he has a commitment to community and the people with whom he works.

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