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The Other Side — Photography by John Joe

  • Xico Shipping Container Galleries 425 East Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ, 85004 United States (map)

Third Friday, December 21, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
First Friday, January 4, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Other Side
My uncle is in a park in a forest surrounded by people I can't make out because of the opaque haze. I can barely see him them through the haze beyond the white picket fence that is planted between us. My uncle waves, scooping the air, motioning for me to come join them. I look at the fence standing between us and it disappears into the distance to either side of me. There is no opening. The haze clears for a moment and I see it's a picnic area and realize my mother is there with other family members who I have not seen since their deaths. As I try to understand what is happening my uncle waves again and his voice thunders "Come over son, come over and have some food with us!" The haze becomes thick and I strain to see them wondering what is going on and my heart beats quickly forcing me to wake. The afterlife is a story of duality. The transition to the other side is our connection or portal between death blurred with the living. I grew up with a fair amount of family members who passed on when I was pretty young and because of this abundance in my life have always been curious about the conversations about death. It is an event and experience that we all share. This series explores the transition between living and dying using the photograph as a portal to share some of my personal stories.

About the Artist:
John Joe is an artist whose work explores identity, memory, and language through photography. John was born in Thornton, Colorado. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (2003) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and an Associate of Fine Arts (1995) from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe New Mexico. He works and resides in Phoenix, Arizona and currently is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Arizona State University in Tempe Arizona. He has exhibited his work in many group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally and his works are in museum and private collections.