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Photos at Delta's Horton Gallery show cost of youth violence

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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 8:30 am

The L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College will be hosting “We All We Got” by photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz until Dec. 15.

Ortiz is a director, cinematographer and documentary photographer who focuses on urban life, gun violence, racism, poverty and marginalized communities.

“We All We Got” explores the consequences and devastation of youth violence in contemporary America from 2006 to 2013, through a mix of powerful photographs, incisive essays and moving letters from diverse individuals affected by this perennial scourge.

Ortiz’s work provides an avenue for knowing these children and their families. His work is not the end of the conversation about youth violence and society’s complicity in it, he says, but is intended to be the beginning.

The stories take place in Chicago and Philadelphia. By repeatedly returning to the same neighborhoods over the course of eight years, Ortiz shows the plight of the communities with which he has built a deep connection.

Visitors will see abandoned buildings, memorials for victims, segregation, graffiti, juvenile incarceration and other constant reminders of the outcomes of violence on young people and their surroundings.

They will also see the incredible resilience of the individuals left behind.

In 2016, Ortiz received a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in a variety of venues including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts; the International Museum of Photography and Film; and the Library of Congress.

His films “We All We Got” and “A Thousand Midnights” have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival, AFI Film Festival, PBS Online Film Festival and more.

Ortiz has taught at Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Chicago and Oakland with his wife and frequent collaborator, Tina K. Sacks, a professor of social welfare at UC Berkeley.

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