“In These Clasped Hands” started as a series of portraits of my family members in South Carolina. However, after the Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre, the effects of loss could be felt throughout the state. In the weeks following the shootings, several Black churches throughout the south were burned and the continuous killings of unarmed Black people were readily streamed online. These experiences, tensions over the confederate flag, and being chased down a road by two men on ATVs caused me to shift the focus of the project to look at intergenerational experiences, race, and community in a multifaceted Black life.

Artist Bios

  • Courtney Garvin

    Courtney Garvin is a visual artist born in South Carolina who is currently based in New York City. She received her B.S. in communications and rhetoric with a minor in art photography from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is a Magnum Foundation 2018 Photography & Social Justice Fellow. Her work examines portrayals across various mediums. She also has a deep interest in family histories, memory, storytelling, and sex education.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

In These Clasped Hands

 archive : 2018

Featuring: Courtney Garvin

Curated by: James Estrin David Gonzalez

Presented by: United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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