Jamilla Kato



 Photo Credit: Jen Murillo

Photo Credit: Jen Murillo

Behind the Lenses...

    Jamilla Kato is a freelance photographer currently located in Columbus, OH. She is currently a student at Columbus College of Art & Design (OH) where she majors in photography and minors in cinematography. With previous studies in photojournalism at Michigan State University (MI).

    Born and proud of my Michigan roots I knew at the age of twelve that I wanted to create stories with my camera. With a background of photography in my bloodline I was bound to receive the passion my father and grandfather shared. My work reflects current time and people, a lot of my work is candid the most genuine way to connect with a human. People tell the greatest story and that's all I would love to do is to capture a story.

Visual images influence the psychological frame work upon which identity is established; particularly the images that someone sees of him or herself or those that are representative of their community. In this creative process I have reexamined the triadic artist/model/ viewer relationship by interacting with my models not as objects but as subjects with a voice. With this sensitivity to the importance of visual images in mind, I use the black figures to challenge past notions of identity concerning the black body, deconstruct them, and resurrect an ideology grounded in positivity. My work is an investigation of the point where the notions of race, identity, and beauty intersect concerning African descent. Consequently, my work, serves as a platform that enables its subject to engage in a visual dialogue with the viewer. The objective of this dialogue, is to redefine and sometimes inform others of their identity.

Publications & Showings

2010 Sole Collectors Magazine Issue 38-Derick Rose Cover

2013 "Thrall" Acock Gallery. Columbus College Art & Design (Columbus,OH)

2014 "Forceful Perception" Elijah Pierce Gallery. Kings Art Complex (Columbus,OH)

2015 "Heart of it all Art Exhibition" (Columbus, OH)

2015 "Silhouettes: A Love Supreme" Elijah Pierce Gallery. Kings Art Complex (Columbus, OH)

2015 "Cypher" Elijah Pierce Gallery. Kings Art Complex (Columbus, OH)