Duron Jackson: The Missing
An Interactive, Collaborative Project
November 18, 2017–January 13, 2018
Opening Reception
Saturday November 18, 2–5pm

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art presents Duron Jackson: The Missing, an exhibition that confronts mass incarceration in America, with a focus on how it directly impacts lower income, communities of color. Duron Jackson: The Missing promises to be one of the most significant art exhibitions in Newark’s history. The timely subject matter, mass incarceration, is of both local and national consequence. The exhibition is inspired by a 2015 New York Times article detailing the 1.5 million Black men who are literally missing from civic life.

Duron Jackson is an acclaimed multi-disciplinary artist whose work deals with social and political histories in relation to mass incarceration and the constructions of criminality in the United States. Jackson uses installation, photography, video archives, and objects to create new critical perspectives on dominant historical narratives.

An interactive and collaborative project, The Missing begins as an exhibition but will become much more, as artists, students and the broader Newark community join Duron in sharing their stories of family and friends affected by the criminal justice system. Photo-based public art will reference the individuals who are literally “missing” from the Newark community, and will be installed throughout the city after the exhibition closes as a continuing statement about the impact of mass incarceration on urban communities.

The Missing is designed to be a multimedia project that includes new and existing works of art. Related programming includes panel discussions, lectures, film screenings, and community receptions. A full schedule of programming for The Missing will be announced on November 1, 2017 and will take place at Aljira, as well as other locations in Newark.

About Duron Jackson
Duron Jackson is Brooklyn based multi-disciplinary artist born in Harlem, New York. He received his MFA in Sculpture at Bard College, Milton Avery School of Art. Jackson is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright research fellowship, granted by the U.S. State Department for creative research in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where he was concurrently artist in residence at Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia. Duron Jackson has been featured in the AIM Biennial at Bronx Museum, New York City. Modern Painters magazine listed Jackson as one of the 100 artists to watch for 2012, the same year he was awarded Brooklyn Museum’s Raw/Cooked solo exhibition sponsored by Bloomberg Media.

Image Credit: Duron Jackson, Ringmaster, 7 ft. x 20 ft., 2009