Starting APRIL 3, 2017
Please join us for two upcoming Exhibits at Goddard House and Brookline Senior Center
Gallery M, Goddard House
165 Chestnut St Brookline MA 02445
Lobby Gallery: 8:30 - 6pm daily
Reception & Talk: April 29th & 30th, 2pm
Exhibit: April 3 - May 31, 2017
Gallery 93, Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester St Brookline, MA 02446
Gallery Hours: M-F 8:30 - 5pm
Reception & Talk: April 20th, 6-8pm
Exhibit: April 3 - June 29, 2017
About The Reunion Project
The Reunion Project is a unique multi-faceted program that combines portrait photography and the written word to give senior women an opportunity to reflect back on their lives, who they were as teenagers and who they are now. The Project is best thought of as a performance piece where the women participants who engage in self-reflection become the performers. Their stage is the exhibition space where their images and words are displayed.
The Project involves groups of women aged 65 and older who share a common bond or life experience. When they gather for me, I take a portrait photograph of each. They also respond in writing, but anonymously, to a series of prompts that I supply. The prompts include invitations for self-reflection such as "Then I was.... Now I am," and "I used to think... Now I know." After the gathering, I create a diptych of my portrait of the woman next to a teenage photo that she has provided to me. In addition, the women's written responses to my prompts are assembled into the collective voice of the group. Then I create an exhibition of the diptychs and the women's self-reflective words.
The goal of the Project is to give my subjects an opportunity to look back on their lives, to have a reunion with their teenage selves, while giving them a voice to share decades of acquired wisdom with younger generations.
Fifty women from the Brookline Senior Center and from Goddard House have participated in the Reunion Project. The portraits I took along with their teenage photos and words will be exhibited in both of those venues. I hope that you will join me for one of the opening receptions; Brookline Senior Center on Thursday April 20 from 6-8 pm, or Goddard House on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 2pm. I will give a talk about The Reunion Project at each opening and you will have an opportunity to meet and speak with many of the women who participated.
The Reunion Project cosponsored by BrooklineCAN
I am actively seeking information about future reunions, opportunities to present the Project as well as funds for growing it.
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