Kenneth Guthrie is a second year MFA Photography Candidate as well as a Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP). He received his BFA in Studio Art, Photography from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in 2016. Through intimate portraiture and still life, Guthrie’s work focuses on sexuality and desire, relationships, and identity.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU WERE DOING BEFORE YOU CAME TO COLUMBIA.
Before I came to Columbia, I had just finished installing and exhibiting my BFA thesis show in Little Rock, Arkansas. I immediately applied for the MFA Program at Columbia after graduating with my bachelor’s degree. I was primarily focused on the application process of graduate school. After I was accepted, it was saying see-you-later’s to family and friends.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE COLUMBIA FOR YOUR GRADUATE STUDY?
I knew I wanted to study at Columbia way before I applied to the program. I was in love with all of the visiting artists, the work that was coming out by now notable alumni, but most importantly, I wanted to be influenced by the faculty and staff in the Photography Department. The prominent artists and photographers that teach at Columbia had already shaped my work as an undergraduate student through research, however, I knew working with them one-on-one would have the most impact on my craft.
TELL US ABOUT A PROJECT YOU’RE WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE EXCITED ABOUT.
Currently, I’m working on a project that consists of collecting profile information of Grindr– a gay dating app–profiles from third party sources. Usually what I look for in these profiles will be homophobic language, body shaming, racial slurs, and flat out emotional abuse. I collect these profiles (right now I unfortunately have about 300), and I will eventually create an immersive and potentially interactive installation for the work. Still hashing that out of course, but I’m stoked.