Jonathan Gardenhire (b. 1992, Lower East Side, New York) is an artist and art worker whose work explores representations of race and sexuality, often with an emphasis on Black male embodiment. 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. He has also taken photography coursework at School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography. His work has been shown in group exhibitions 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. In 2019, Gardenhire was named a NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Photography and was also elected as one of the youngest Democratic Party Leaders in the history of New York State electoral politics.  Gardenhire's work shows that the material practices of portraiture, citation , and the public life of Black embodiment is, as Elizabeth Freeman would note, "history [as] not only what hurts but what arouses, kindles, whets, or itches." 

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