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Light Work Launches New Podcast Series: ‘Today’s Artists. On Photography’
They say necessity is a great motivator and bedfellow in a tumultuous season. After weeks of hard work to develop more online content while closed to the public, Light Work affirms those maxims with the inaugural launch of the Light Work Podcast! The new podcast highlights former Kathleen O. Ellis gallery exhibiting artists. Shane Lavalette, director of Light Work, serves as host for the interviews, which offer insights into the work and process of a diverse and exciting roster of artists working in the field of photography today.
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The podcast platform is quickly becoming a staple in new virtual spaces with an urgent charge to offer creative respite to quarantined people and others. Spaces that provide a means to create community, reflect and share. The growing scale and diversity of podcast entries suggest that art and cultural institutions are recognizing an opportunity, if not a need, to tell their stories through more advanced— and widely accessible—channels than ever before. Though COVID-19 has put the kibosh on the intimacy of two people in a recording studio with a microphone, technology also alleviates the necessity of being in the same physical space. Podcast service platforms offer a multitude of ways to produce quality content while still adhering to social distancing regulations.
“We see the Light Work podcast launch as an extension of the organization’s long-standing commitment
to generating greater exposure for emerging and underrepresented artists,” said Cjala Surratt, who
coordinates communication at Light Work. “We are thrilled to join the growing number of arts and
cultural organizations that are finding creative ways to share artists’ work with their patrons and
The launch features 25 episodes with artists whom Light Work has worked with on exhibitions over the past seven years. The first interview in the series highlights current Kathleen O. Ellis gallery exhibiting artist Pacifico Silano. The series will release at least four new episodes each year, along with other special audio content. Tune in to listen to this incredible group of artists: George Awde, Justyna Badach, Robert Benjamin, Gideon Barnett, Michael Bühler-Rose, John Edmonds, For Freedoms, Todd Gray, Karolina Karlic, Jason Lazarus, Nicola Lo Calzo, Mary Mattingly, Aspen Mays, Raymond Meeks, Jackie Nickerson, Kristine Potter, Keisha Scarville, Pacifico Silano, Xaviera Simmons, Miki Soejima, Wendy Red Star, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Letha Wilson, Stanley Wolukau- Wanambwa and Suné Woods.
To support the development of the podcast, consider purchasing a limited-edition print, signed book, and Contact Sheet subscription from Light Work’s online shop (note: shipments will take longer than usual) or by donating directly to Light Work. If you can’t offer financial support right now, simply help them by sharing the link to the podcast with friends or on your social media pages to expand the Light Work audience.