The Invisible Men Project by Jonathan Mathis
Jonathan Mathis is an incredible artist, outstanding photographer & graphic designer, and webmaster (he is the creator of this site),
Jonathan is also a thoughtful creative genius. I known and worked with Jonathan for the past 7+ years. The projects he takes on and launches result in social good.
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Via Kickstarter …
In his landmark 1952 work, Invisible Man, Ralph Elison begins by poignantly describing the visibility of Black men in America. Using himself as primary example, Elison writes:
I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of those Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids–and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination–indeed, everything and anything except me.
The Invisible Men project is an attempt to bring Elison’s words to a visual medium. Using large scale photographs, the project hopes to stimulate discussion and dialog about identity, acceptance, perception and reality surrounding African-American men in the new American century.
This project has several visual components including individual and group portraits, video interviews and a documentary project. The documentary project will involve securing several digital cameras for the participants who will document parts of their lives for two weeks. At the end of the time period, the participants will be paid as working artists.
Funds raised will be used initially for completing the pilot program in Fresno, California. The funds raised will pay for printing of photos, framing, and a bit of travel in order to introduce the project to other communities.Funds will also be used to hire two assistants from the pilot group to assist in completing the pilot project. If enough funds are raised, we will begin purchasing digital cameras for the documentary phase of the project.
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