Terence Price II
Never Ending Gardens
Saturday, January 25, 2020 — Sunday, April 26, 2020
Amy Galpin, Ph.D., Chief Curator and Maryanna Ramirez, Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
Terence Price II, a self-taught photographer and filmmaker based in Miami, creates work that reflects on the notion of community and captures the intimate relationships formed among family, friends, and neighbors. Keenly aware of the power of place, Price focuses on Carol City (now known more popularly as Miami Gardens). He bears witness to change in his community and documents how individual lives are affected by economic shifts. The exhibition’s title refers to his enduring bond with the community and its residents who raised him and shaped his perspective. Informed by traditions of family photography, he recognizes the need to record the lives of people who make up the cultural fabric of Carol City.
A predominately black community, Carol City has been subject to neglect and it has faced economic decline. Miami experiences rapid gentrification and often choices around neighborhood development neglect to factor in the needs of the most vulnerable among us. Price not only wants to hold on to the past, but he also seeks to reclaim the present and create a narrative that brings dignity to the people and places that make up his community. For Price, his community is beautiful, and he wants his viewers to recognize this as well.
Terence Price II: Never Ending Gardens includes new and recent street photography and videos that address familial rites of passage, preserving history, gun violence, and community celebrations. Price recognizes that the history of street photography is often characterized by visual artists who document specific communities and then leave. He embraces the tools of the medium but portrays communities and individuals with whom he forms deep bonds.
The exhibition is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition Series, which addresses issues of race, diversity, social justice, civil rights, and humanity to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and to enrich our community with new perspectives. To learn more about FIU’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration please click here.
Terence Price II: Never Ending Gardens is made possible with support from Oolite Arts. Additional support provided by Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, and Multicultural Programs and Services.
Image caption: Terence Price II, Fantasy in the Hold [detail], 2019, video, runtime 6:57, Image courtesy of the artist</p