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.
Since its inception in 2013 eleven groups from five states have participated in the Project, including fifty women from the Brookline Senior Center and from Goddard House Assisted Living, also in Brookline. Portraits of these women were displayed in both venues for an extended 4-month exhibition. In January they will hang together in the main branch of the Brookline Public Library, then travel to Brookline Town Hall for an additional 3-month exhibition.
From December 15 through March 28, 2018, images of 41 women from the Overlook Retirement Community in Charlton, MA who took part in the Project will be displayed at the Performing Arts Center on the Overlook Campus. In May these images will travel to the Wedeman Art Gallery at Lasell Collage in Newton, MA in conjunction with a symposium on aging well.
On March 20, 2018, I will chair a panel discussion at Brandeis University's Women’s Studies Research Center that will focus on the community impact of the Project. Panel members will include facility administrators, art therapists, and experts on aging, as well as women who have participated in the Project. Information about the program will become available in January on the Brandeis WSRC website at https://www.brandeis.edu/wsrc/events.html.
Reunion Project Participants
2013 Weaver High School 50th Reunion, Hartford, CT
2013 Women’s Week, Provincetown, MA
2014 Sisters of Saint Joseph, Jubilee Reunion, Concordia, KS
2014 Temple Aliya Sisterhood, Needham, MA
2014 Temple B’nai Or Sisterhood, Morristown, NJ
2015 Wellesley College 55th Reunion, Wellesley, MA
2016 Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, Waltham, MA
2016 Fairhope Friends, Fairhope, AL
2017 Goddard House, Brookline MA
2017 Brookline Senior Center, Brookline, MA
2017 Overlook Retirement Community, Charlton, MA
2018 Standish Village Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support, Boston, MA
2018 Neville Place Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support, Cambridge, MA
January 2018: The Goddard House and Brookline Senior Center Exhibit will be displayed at the Brookline Main Library
February - April 2018: The Goddard House and Brookline Senior Center Exhibit will be displayed at the Brookline Town Hall
If you are interested in learning more about bringing the Reunion Project to your facility please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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