RiverArts® Presents – WE THE SPIRITS: An Artist Conversation with Photographer Jason Gardner on his New Collection – Sunday, April 14

March 27, 2024  
Contacts:Gigi Lin, Marketing & Communications Manager; glin@riverarts.org 
Marie-Louise Miller, Producer & Artistic Director of Artist Conversations; mmiller@riverarts.org 

RiverArts® Presents – WE THE SPIRITS: An Artist Conversation with Photographer Jason Gardner on his New Collection – Sunday, April 14 

MARCH 27, 2024 – HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON:RiverArts invites American photographer, Jason Gardner, to join their Artist Conversations series on Sunday, April 14. Gardner will share details from his new book and collection, We the Spirits, exploring his 15-year journey through 15 countries as he visually documented the ritual and festival of Carnival.  

Date – Sunday, April 14 
Venue – Ted & Nune Studio; 45 Main St., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 
Time – 5:00PM – 6:30PM 
Tickets – $15 in advance, $20 at the door; tickets can be purchased at https://riverarts.org/event/we-the-spirits/ 

We the Spirits focused on documenting tradition, folklore, and community within the celebrations. Contrary to its perception in modern media, the festival of Carnival is more than parties and parades. Gardner explores traditions dating back from pre-Christian times of universal themes that rejoice the coming of spring. Collaborating with ethnographers and local experts, Gardner chose subjects in smaller villages and remote towns to most accurately present the complexities of these local customs. We the Spirits have been featured in Photolucida’s Top 50 portfolio, GEO Magazine France, and The Guardian (UK). 

This conversation will be led by Marie-Louise Miller, producer and curator of the RiverArts Artist Conversation Series. She shares, “I am quite honestly moved by these images as they express to me the deep connection between culture, cultural history and the undeniable force of nature on our lives and deaths. Through his lens, Jason guides us to touch a world most of us could never see, much less experience. I cannot wait to experience these images in large format and with his guidance on April 14th. 

Gardner is currently based in Paris. Regarding his connection to the Rivertowns he shares this sentiment, “I grew up in Hastings, most of my classmates were with me all the way from Hillside kindergarten to Hastings High, and my parents still are residents, so I return often. I still have a strong connection to Hastings, and I’m especially proud to share this international cultural project of the last 15 years with my hometown!” 

This conversation will be held at Ted & Nune Studio, where an exhibition of this collection will be held from the opening reception on April 6 through May 19. Copies of the book will be available for purchase following the conversation. 

About the Artist: 

Jason Gardner is an American photographer, based in Paris and New York. He tells stories, using photography and writing, within the framework of Visual Anthropology. He is passionate about culture, ritual, and music and how they impact human expression.  

In 2013, Jason published A Flower in the Mouth, a photobook about the culture, music and rituals of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil (Visual Anthropology Press, USA). Now he continues with We the Spirits (GOST Books, UK, 2024). Jason’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, GEO France, This is Colossal, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Sunday Times Magazine (UK), Rolling Stone, Le Parisien, New York Magazine, FotoMagazin (Germany), NPR.org, and SPIN Magazine. 

About the Artist Conversation Series:    
RiverArts creates opportunities to amplify the artistic voice, bringing insight and delight to our community. We are proud to spotlight leading voices in art, music, poetry, dance, and theater. Under the direction of Marie Louise-Miller, our Artist Conversation series offers a chance to get up close and personal with artists. The Artist Conversation Series aims to shed light on the intricacies of creativity across all its artistic mediums from the fine artist to the performance artist.  

About RiverArts:   
RiverArts inspires Hudson River communities in lower Westchester County to come together through art. RiverArts’ year-round season of programming includes our two signature free, multi-village Tours – The RiverArts Music Tour and the RiverArts Studio Tour; an annual dance concert; a three-part Chamber Music concert series; a new music concert series, Channels, theater performances; and community events such as Drink & Draw, Salon Sundays Artist Conversations as well as a Music Education program and a multi-arts summer camp, SummerArts camp for kids of all ages.     

   For over 60 years, RiverArts has been the catalyst that connects performers, musicians, and art-makers with Rivertowns audiences. We believe in the power of art to express, transform, and bring joy to our lives and our community.       

   Please visit RiverArts on-line to read more about its mission, core values and programming calendar.    


About RiverArts

Celebrating and cultivating the arts in the Rivertowns for over 60 years, RiverArts has been the catalyst that connects performers, musicians and art-makers with Rivertowns audiences. Motivated by a belief in the power of art to bring insight and delight, RiverArts delivers programs that have repeatedly brought us together, welcomed newcomers, and created experiences that strengthen our sense of community. The free, five-town Music Tour and Studio Tour expand our combined local and metro area audiences to 20,000. P.O. Box 60 414 Warburton Avenue Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 General Information: 914.412.5120