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Gordon Parks Gallery opening reception with artist Nikki McComb

January 20 @ 5:00 pm-7:30 pm


“Taken” features the photographs of Minneapolis artist Nikki McComb in this solo exhibit at Gordon Parks Gallery in celebration of Black History Month.

McComb is a documentary photographer and social justice activist whose topics have included gun violence, bullying in schools, and slum lord housing practices and evictions. Most of her projects start by addressing social concerns in the North Minneapolis neighborhood she lives in but have much broader reach in our community because of the people and agencies she partners with, works for, or has been recognized by.

McComb refers to herself as an ‘artivist’ because her photography and community organizing together inspire people, where one without the other would not.

We say that photos are taken, but in fact, they are made and document a moment with a photographic record. Lives are literally taken with guns, and liberties are taken through racism and systemic abuses of power. The system robs you twice: first, prejudicially, and then by causing cycles of violence that form within; those who have been taken often perpetrate their own taking, in forms such as bullying or more gun violence. McComb’s artwork addresses both the system and the violence within.

The opening reception, 5–7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, features a gallery talk by the artist at 7 p.m. The Gordon Parks Gallery is located on the third floor of Metropolitan State University’s Library and Learning Center, 645 E. 7th Street, St. Paul.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-999-5942 or erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.


Metropolitan State University
700 7th St E
St Paul,, 55106 United States
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