Of the many venues hosting exhibits for FotoWeek, the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue is certainly a unique one. In addition to traditional Jewish services, the synagogue is host to a number of lectures, concerts, classes, trivia nights and more. Washingtonian recently did an excellent overview of its reincarnation as an extremely popular music venue, noting the high-rolling acts that could fill the Verizon Center actually prefer the intimate and gorgeous decor (stained-glass windows, for one) of the space.
As their official mission, the Synagogue states:
The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue provides a Jewish presence and meeting place for the community in the center of the Nation’s capital. It offers educational and inspirational programs and activities for current and future generations, and helps preserve part of the heritage of Jewish Washington.
[caption id="attachment_75" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Joshua Cogan at Sixth and I Synagogue"][/caption]FotoWeek is thrilled to have Sixth and I on board for the festival, for their commitment to both community and art. The Synagogue’s featured exhibit will be Soul Cages, with the stunning photography of Joshua Cogan.
Soul Cages is a collected series of portraits from recent projects that pursues the ineffable nature of culture through visual medium. Using the camera as a tool of visual ethnography, Joshua Cogan combines the richness of travel photography with the investigative roots of anthropology. The results are wonderfully rich environmental portraits ranging from indigenous groups of East Africa to HIV victims in Jamaica’s slums, to hip hop stars right here in DC.
In addition, a smaller collection of works showcasing Cogan’s ongoing coverage of the Jewish Diaspora, “Am Olam” (people of the world), will showcase recent works from India and Ethiopia and will be presented alongside Soul Cages. The “Am Olam” project aims primarily at exploring the unknown diversity of the Jewish people by examining the history, traditions and identity of old and new Diasporic communities.
Cogan uses his training in science as a filter for his lens. As a documentary photographer, his work as appeared in The Washington Post, the New Yorker, the Pulizter Center, among other publications and exhibits. Check out a sneak preview of his show over on our Flickr page.
See his images at the Sixth and I Synagogue during the festival, November 15-22. The opening reception will be held Wednesday, November 19, from 7 to 10 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music.
To see the rest of the events planned so far, visit the FotoWeek DC web site.