Kyle Ford was born in the mountains of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. He received his Bachelor of Sciences from Skidmore College in 2005 and his Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. Kyle’s work has been featured in publications such as Newsweek Japan, Magenta’s Flash Forward and The Wall Street Journal. He is currently living in upstate New York and teaching classes at Skidmore College.
Daniel George is a Savannah, GA based artist and educator. He graduated in 2011 with an MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and was the recipient of the departmental Outstanding Achievement Award. He has exhibited work in galleries across the United States. Recently, his body of work, Natural Selection, was featured in Fraction Magazine Issue 26. Daniel currently teaches photography part-time at Savannah Country Day School and continues to make photographs that explore eccentric displays of landscape manipulation.
© Alfredo Jaar
Alfredo Jaar, May 1, 2011
Exhibition on view:
Oct. 29, 2011–Feb. 12, 2012
601 Turner Blvd
Savannah, Georgia 31401
To celebrate the reopening of the SCAD Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design is presenting a series of several contemporary art exhibitions featuring the work of Bill Viola, Liza Lou, Stephen Antanakos, Kendall Buster, Kehinde Wiley, Nick Cave, and Aperture-published artist Alfredo Jaar. Debuting for the first time in the U.S., the museum will exhibit Jaar’s installation May 1, 2011. His piece juxtaposes an image of a white screen with that of the now infamous photo of U.S. leaders watching what is believed to be live footage of the killing of Osama bin Laden. May 1, 2011 comments on both the socio-political power of images and the equally affecting power of the lack of an image.
Born in Chile, Jaar’s photography, films, and installations regularly offer commentary on the possibilities and limitations of art to represent global political issues. He has received many awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has exhibited at many museums including the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Jaar’s work has appeared in Aperture issues 181 and 204.
David Strohl received his undergraduate degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. After graduation he returned to his hometown of Austin, Texas, to work as a freelance commercial and editorial photographer. But as what so often times happens when your passion is made into a business, the flame goes out. With this realization, David decided to return to SCAD and work on an MFA to be completed in the near future. This return to his photographic roots has re-ignited that flame and his love of the photographic medium.
David has created a number of series, several about Savannah, including his most recent, Qualifies for a Dreammaker. The project explores the impoverished east side of Savannah with a compassionate eye and an abililty to see beauty in the a place and people often overlooked.
Acting in the role of the flaneur (one who walks the city in order to experience it), I have walked the neighborhoods of Eastside Savannah, GA, using photography as a tool to understand the story of the area. Through repeated exploration, I have discovered a rich tapestry of cultural heritage — the people, the details, and the landscape itself have become a deep and interwoven narrative.
While many residents of the Greater Savannah area write off the Eastside as a blighted and impoverished cluster of neighborhoods, I have instead discovered an often times beautiful area that is burgeoning with the potential for positive and inclusive progress.
This body of work has become not only a series of personal connections in my quest to comprehend the community, it has also become a historical record of the neighborhood as it is before impending gentrification and revitalization. The act of photographing has gotten me involved in the day-to-day of the area, and has resulted in my own integration into the community. My hope is that these photographs will illustrate to the residents that community awareness and involvement is essential in maintaining the neighborhood’s inherent culture.