I’ve written here of Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez, the Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based photographer who found inspiration in Black Wide-Awake during his month-long artist’s residency with Eyes on Main Street. Not long ago, Mateo sent me a copy of a slender volume of photography that emerged from his time in Wilson:
“Chilluns’ Croon investigates themes of the past such as absence, remembrance, spirituality, and mortality of formerly enslaved people of Wilson County, North Carolina. An intimate portrait of an African American community, Chilluns’ Croon hums songs of hope, equality, and change for new generations.”
See here for a recent review of Ruiz Gonzalez’ work.
Reproductions of images copyrighted by Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez.
I’m honored that photographer Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez found inspiration in Black Wide-Awake during his month-long artist’s residency with Eyes on Main Street. He recently talked about and shared photographs from his experience in Wilson here.
Jerome De Perlinghi‘s Eyes on Main Street is so many things, including an annual public art installation and international photography exhibit, a lecture series, an art gallery, and a residency program. Since the fall of 2017, the latter has brought dozens of photographers to Wilson for a month at a time; provided them an apartment, a stipend, and a bicycle; and given them a broad mission to create a photographic portfolio rooted in what they find there.