Coloratti Steven Katzman “This Miserable Kingdom” Gallery Show
by Brenda K. Hipsher – January 26th, 2014
Coloratti Steven Katzman documents parts of life that the majority of us never see. His latest body of work, This Miserable Kingdom, is a photographic survey of the the people of the Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico. The exhibit will hang in the State College of Florida Art Gallery from January 31 through April 2, 2014. An artist’s reception will take place on January 31, 2014 with special guest speaker Jacob Viarrial, a Pojoaque leader who served as Katzman’s guide during the project on the reservation.
“I’m one of the few white men who have been allowed to document life on the Pojoaque reservation since Edward S. Curtis spent time there in 1905, ” says Katzman. His project was approved by the Pojoaque Tribal Council. “I believe the exhibit will compel the viewer to question the human condition. ‘Where are we going — as individuals and as a nation?’ This question is often lost in the cultural abyss of our ‘miserable kingdom,’ polluted by the onslaught of racism, sexism, bigotry, and indifference.”
Steven Katzman is a self-taught photographer who has combined, over the years his long-time interest in political science with his photographic journey. Although he does not work from anyone’s theories on the appropriate direction for contemporary art, most of his photographs exemplify the post modernist notion that to be relevant to the final quarter of the 20th century, art needs to be political in nature. Katzman is, however, an artist, not a propagandist. Consequently, his images are not overtly political: the viewer must take time to think about each photograph to arrive at its ultimate message.
I first met Steven when his first book was published, “The Face of Forgiveness Salvation and Redemption,” published by powerHouse Books inspring 2005, for which he received an award of merit from the New York City Art Directors Club. I was struck by the deep sense of integrity his images contain telling truths in shades of gray and the juxtaposition of color.
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