But the only body of work in the gallery that I first approached with apprehension was Tiffany Jones's 'Beyond the Bench' photographs. As the title suggests, the series is inspired in part by Baltimore's unfortunate "Greatest City in America" benches that have become the staple of recent transplants' ironic Instagrams and many an out-of-state MICA student's Intro to Photo project. And here, the inclination toward ruin porn is in full effect. Which isn't to say ruin porn isn't beautiful: Buffed graffiti on boarded-up bodegas and derelict toys on sidewalks are photogenic, but I can't help but feel like I've seen images like these before and felt they were exploitative every time. There are no people in any of the photographs, but any guilty-pleasure appreciation of their aesthetic values as "ghost town" is preemptively cut off by an accompanying very loud audio track of West Baltimore residents' voices. Their statements, however, have been edited together into an incomprehensible cacophony where brief snippets of words such as "racism," "faith," and "community" occasionally bubble to the surface. At one point, a man expresses frustration that no one listens to people like him, but the rest of his thought is edited to again be drowned out by the others. At first I dismissed this reduction of individual voices to an ambient sea of discontent as "ruin porn for the ears."