This week on State of Art we’re hearing from local photographer Jovell Rennie. After getting caught up in the frenzy of demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Rennie wanted to do something more than just document the local protests. Working with friends, colleagues and community members, Rennie and company put on the “I Can’t Breathe” First Friday and fundraising event at his gallery, Akela Space, in downtown Anchorage.
Rennie teamed with local photographers who documented recent protests and organized a last minute, COVID-19 conscious exhibition featuring photos from demonstrations alongside borrowed protest signs seen in the images. We talk about what inspired Rennie to take action, raising over $20,000, and finding the unity in dissent.