Art exhibit at Good Shepherd Gallery sheds different light on Ferguson unrest

Good Shepherd Gallery opens a new art exhibit on August 4, 2017, with the photographic works of Henry Chaney. Henry looks through his camera lens onto the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, in August of 2014 over the police shooting of Mike Brown. The killing sparked media attention that held St. Louis, the nation and the world riveted to images of fires, tear gas, riots, military patrols and looting.

Media reports about Ferguson did not focus on the positive events that unfolded in response to the unrest: church and community group engagement, respectful dialogue, constructive protest, trainings in safety and rights education, and the genuine love that was expressed amid the struggle to make sense of what was tragic and incomprehensible.

Change the narrative

The positive response to Ferguson is the context for Henry Chaney’s photography exhibit “Change the Narrative,” which is on display at Good Shepherd Gallery from August 4 through August 31, 2017.

“Change the Narrative” utilizes images captured during the aftermath of Mike Brown’s death up to the present day to illustrate good arising from the ashes of tragedy. In addition to focusing his lens on Ferguson, Henry trains his eye on a number of settings to show us a multi-dimensional narrative of Black people.

Good Shepherd Gallery will host the opening reception on Friday, August 4, from 6-9 p.m. A gathering at the gallery will also take place on Wednesday, August 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Pastor José Aguayo (Billy Graham Ministries and Police Chaplain) will lead prayer at the gathering and Henry Chaney will speak. A photo booth will allow guests to have their pictures taken.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website veganstoryteller.com