HYCIDE LAUNCHES NEWARK ISSUE, EXHIBITION SEPT 6
HYCIDE magazine celebrates stories and images of Newark, by Newarkers, with a launch party for its seventh issue and a one-night exhibit at the Newark Museum on Sept 6.
The city-based photojournalism and arts journal collaborated with Rutgers-Newark students and faculty on a project that explores the lives of residents whose voices and images rarely appear in mainstream media.
The issue presents an alternative narrative of the city from the first-person perspective of gang members, public housing residents, the LGBT community, homeless residents and others. But it also includes stories on Newark’s thriving cultural scene; the Broad & Market commercial district, once considered the busiest intersection in the world; and people and organizations who work to make the city a better place.
The free museum event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature an art installation by photographer and filmmaker Akintola Hanif and artist-photographer Nick Kline of photographs made around the city: a mixture of street photography, documentary portraiture and photo-based art. It includes a selection of images by HYCIDE Editor-in-Chief Aknitola Hanif, Newark issue Guest Editor Nick Kline, work by Newark-born artist Manuel Acevedo and by Rutgers University Newark photography students.
It will also include photo booth for guests, created from an entrance door from the former Baxter Terrace housing projects. There will be live music and refreshments. The event will help close out the museum’s summer-long “New Jersey Arts Annual in Fine Art, Ready or Not” show, which runs through Sept. 7. The HYCIDE event is free and open to the public.
The Newark issue was created to document of a city on the cusp of potential transformation as redevelopment plans are realized and many see signs of impending gentrification.
It was born when Hanif, a photographer and filmmaker, was Kline, a Rutgers-Newark assistant professor in the Department of Art, Culture and Media, to co-teach his advanced photography class. Together, with photography and journalism students, they created vibrant portraits of people in the city. The Newark issue also includes a project by Kline, a photo-based artist who drew from old municipal PR images from the City of Newark Archives and Records to reflect upon the city’s history, self-image and its relationship to the present.