City of Firsts: A Photographic Essay at Seiberling Mansion06/24/2017
Beginning June 24th, the Seiberling Mansion will be host to an exhibit of images by Hoosier photographer Matthew Carroll, who uses his camera to explore the small, quiet, and ordinary narratives of life.
In 2016, Carroll received a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to continue a long-term project of documenting everyday life in the city of Kokomo. As described in the IAC grant summary, the project is “a visual voyage into the city of Kokomo and the diverse communities that call it home. It will provide a visceral glimpse into the city as it is today. The pictures will transcribe the social, urban, and natural landscapes”.
Matthew became interested in the city of Kokomo as a photographic project after his many visits to the city with his wife, who grew up nearby. Her family has lived in Kokomo and its surrounding areas for generations. As his fondness for the city grew, so did his appreciation for its people and all that the city has to offer.
Matthew grew up in both Latin America and in the UK, and has spent a significant amount of time in mainland China and Hong Kong. These formative life experiences shaped his keen interest in people, their culture, and their constructed surroundings. These lie at the root of his curiosity about the characteristics of environments people create for themselves, and how these inform the meaning of their lives.
This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency.