Art Out: Kensington Blues
In 2017 over 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of these deaths were a result of heroin use and exposure to the fatal synthetic opioid fentanyl. For Philadelphians, the crisis descends over just about every neighborhood, carrying a varied impact. Philadelphia’s overdose rate is horrifically high – in 2017 alone, 1,217 people died from an overdose, an estimated 1,100 people were lost last year.
Photographer and Drexel University alumnus Jeffrey Stockbridge has captured the veracities of the epidemic through the lens of a decade long photography project focused on the opioid crisis in Philadelphia, that will be on display at Drexel.
The exhibition will feature photography, audio interviews, videos and journal entries. Stockbridge utilizes a combination of photographic styles and formats to portray the emotional, and physical impact of drug addiction and briefly lets viewers peer into the state of mind of these individuals suffering and struggling with substance use.
You can watch a trailer from the documentary Embedded in the Badlands here. Which will be on display at the exhibition as well.
Stockbridge is a photographer and fine-art printer based in Philadelphia. He began his documentary photography series in 2008 and in 2017 published Kensington Blues, a book featuring much of his work. Stockbridge’s photos have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine and BBC, among others.
Location: Paul Peck Alumni Center, 32nd and Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, Sat 12-5pm.
Dates: Jan 25th - March 30th