Jonathan Gardenhire (b. 1992, Lower East Side, New York) is an artist and cultural producer whose work explores representations of race and sexuality, most often with an emphasis on black masculinity. His practice critically examines how constructions of power, value, knowledge and social change are produced and shared in the cultural sector. Gardenhire received a BFA in photography from Parsons The New School of Design in 2014 under artist and academic, Bill Gaskins and the late photographer George Pitts. He has also taken photography coursework at School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography. His work has been exhibited at The Kitchen (NY), Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), International Center of Photography (NY), Milk Gallery (NY), The New School and Bronx Art Space. In 2017, Gardenhire was the subject of a solo exhibition, 'A Mighty Fortress is Our God and Other Pictures," at the Brooklyn apartment gallery Medium Tings. Using traditional methods of photography, such as studio portraiture, and more contemporary methods, such as appropriation, Gardenhire’s work traces a "mis-history" in an attempt to redefine and reclaim black identity through a variety of imagery to reshape perceptions of black humanity at large.


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