“In These Clasped Hands” looks at intergenerational experiences, race, and community in a multifaceted Black life.
Featuring: Courtney D Garvin
United Photo Industries
James Estrin and David Gonzalez, Co-Editors of the New York Times Lens Blog
“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.
Courtney Garvin is a visual artist currently living in New York City. She received her B.S. in Communications and Rhetorical Studies with a minor in Art Photography from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She uses visual art as a tool for storytelling, discussion, and as a second memory. She is interested in the ways that written, audio, and visual components can create an environment and challenge relationships. Her work examines the ways that Blackness has been portrayed and the effects it has on individuals, groups, and communities. She has a deep interest in family histories, sexuality, and challenging the boundaries between relationships.