October 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Jonna McKone is interested in the body, land and architecture as a vessel of memory. Employing natural elements, historical research and long-term collaborations, Jonna’s practice spans across traditional documentary photography and film, alternative and experimental processes, installation, and abstractions of oral and other archival material. She makes work that seeks to discover imperceptible or overlooked interactions between nature, power, society and the human spirit. The process of making images and working within communities to collect stories, allows her to explore and interrogate her own way of looking. Her work focuses on the incremental and invisible — as opposed to the immediate or spectacular.
About the artist:
Jonna McKone is a filmmaker, photographer and journalist based in Baltimore. With a sense of place and historical research, her work seeks to unravel and meditate on the interconnectedness of land, power, labor and memory. Her work spans photography, video and time-based media. She was a 2018 Lewis Hine Fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where she developed a collaborative photography project that will be published as a photobook. Jonna works as freelance producer and editor, and is an adjunct professor in photography at Johns Hopkins University, and at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Before working in film, she was an award-winning radio producer and reporter whose work appeared on NPR, WNYC and the BBC, and she has also won a National Edward R. Murrow award for a piece she produced with Radio Rookies. She holds an MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts from Duke University.
In addition to teaching undergrad, Jonna has taught media arts workshops throughout Baltimore, Manhattan’s Lower Eastside, Appalshop in rural Kentucky, Madison County, North Carolina; as an artist-in-residence with the Partnership for Appalachian Girls Education, and in a Boston youth detention facility with Radio Rookies. These communities as well as a dedication to collaboration, deeply inform her artistic approach.