A portrait of a man sitting on the edge of a bed in a domestic interior setting and looking straight into the camera with a soft gaze.

Hwa-Jeen Na (American, b. 1994). Rik Horoky, from the series As Much Heaven as Earth, 2018. Inkjet print, 16 x 20 inches.

Visionnaire Series: Contemporary Photography in Grand Rapids

Thursday, Mar 31, 2022
7:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Shown concurrently with Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue, Seen and Not Seen is an exhibition of photographs by three Grand Rapids-based artists, whose styles greatly differ but who share a common ground in their motivation to create meaning through contemporary photography. On February 10, Join us for a walkthrough of the galleries as the artists featured in Seen and Not Seen discuss their work, followed by a Q&A.

About the artists:

Leandro Lara
Leandro Lara is a documentary and portrait photographer who draws inspiration from observing the daily life of his family and peers. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Lara travels frequently to make work in Chicago and Los Angeles, documenting a tapestry of his surrounding friends and their creative undertakings.

Kade Maycroft
Kade Maycroft is a self-taught, trans artist living in Grand Rapids. Working primarily in film photography, Kade’s work often explores narratives of seeing beauty in the mundane. He also has a passion for woodworking, and has framed all of his work in Seen and Not Seen by hand. His love for both photography and woodworking were inherited from his late grandfather, Theodore Maycroft.

Hwa-Jeen Na
Hwa-Jeen Na is a portrait photographer and film director based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His projects focus on exploring definitions of identity through personal anecdotes and cultural influences. His work has been featured in several Michigan print and digital media outlets namely ArtPrize, The Detroit Free Press, and MLive. Na’s work was also shown at GRAM during ArtPrize 2018.

Please note: Program safety measures include face covering recommendations, regular sanitization and cleaning, and restricting the sharing of tools/​materials among participants. Masks will be available for those who do not have one.

Level 2 Galleries

For questions, please contact Molly LaBeff at mlabeff@artmuseumgr.org.