Photographs revealing the emotional and physical trauma caused by gun violence will be on display at Mercer County Community College’s James Kerney Campus.
“Shot,” a photo exhibit by Kathy Shorr, will be on display at the Trenton gallery — 137 North Broad Street — from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6. On Thursday, Nov. 16, Shorr will participate in a panel discussion about gun violence along with survivors who are pictured in her new book, SHOT. The panel discussion, moderated by MCCC professor Alvyn Haywood, will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Shorr’s book depicts 101 gun violence survivors from across the United States from different socioeconomic, political, ethnic, gender and age groups. A book signing will follow discussion.
“Those who die from gun violence can only address the issue as statistics and memories of lives that were,” Shorr said in a statement. “The SHOT project focuses on the living whose lives have been forever changed by the emotional and physical trauma of gun violence. They are present in their portraits and their words [survivors write a statement to accompany their photo], and are not able to be dismissed as statistics that have passed on but rather as a ‘force’ to reckon with.”
Shorr added that SHOT enables the viewer to explore the dialogue about gun violence.
“A number of the survivors in SHOT are responsible gun owners,” she said. “It is not meant to be polarizing but rather to connect us to each other and how much we have in common, giving us the opportunity to begin to take an unbiased look at guns in American society. Responsible gun laws are desired by most Americans,” she said.
“The success of Shorr’s work comes directly from how she immerses herself in what she is working on,” gallery director Michael Chovan-Dalton said. “Her latest project, SHOT, gives survivors of gun violence a voice, reminding us that they are more than just a statistic.”
Shorr is a freelance photographer who teaches documentary photography at schools and non-profits including The School of Visual Arts. For more information about Shorr’s project, visit shotproject.org.
For more information about the exhibit, visit mccc.edu/JKCgallery.