True tribute to the work of photographer Gordon Parks, Kendrick Lamar’s video for “ELEMENT” is showcased through an exhibition in the state of New York.
The Gordon Parks Foundation has inaugurated a photo exhibition entitled ELEMENT: Gordon Parks and Kendrick Lamar to highlight the photographs that inspired the aesthetics of Kung Fu Kenny’s music video. An iconic photographer of the struggle for the civil rights of black Americans in the 20th century, Gordon Parks immortalized on film the living conditions of African-American citizens during segregation. With the clip of “ELEMENT”, Kendrick Lamar gave him a brilliant homage, giving life to many iconic photographs of Parks visible below.
Both poetic and violent, Gordon Parks’s clichés are far from forgotten, as Peter W. Kunhardt, the executive director of the foundation hosting this beautiful exhibition, notes: “The work of Gordon Parks continues to have an impact on youth, especially on artists like Kendrick, who use the power of image to examine issues of social justice and race in our country. With the clip ELEMENT, Kendrick has again drawn attention to the work of one of the most important artists of our time. ”
If you’re ever in the New York area be sure to check out the ELEMENT exhibition : Gordon Parks and Kendrick Lamar is being held from December 1, 2017 to February 10, 2018 at the Gordon Parks Foundation in Pleasantville, NY .