EXHIBIT REVIEW: “This Miserable Kingdom”


Steven Katzman's "Derrick Viarrial and Family"

"This Miserable Kingdom" showcases Steven Katzman’s photographic survey documenting the people of the Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico. The exhibit runs through April 2 at the Fine Art Gallery at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF).

Katzman shares that, “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.” He explains that 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.”

Katzman is a self-taught, Sarasota-based photographer with a passionate interest in human nature — and an equally passionate devotion to political science. His photographs reflect the post-modernist conviction that art should be politically informed. "My images aren't hitting you over the head with a message," he says. "The truth is there in each image. I invite the viewer to contemplate each photograph to arrive at it on their own."

This Miserable Kingdom runs through April 2, at The Fine Art Gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.

For more information, call 941-752-5225.


REVIEW: This Miserable Kingdom Jan. 31-April 2 at Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton; 752-5225.
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