A COMPELLING LOOK AT RELIGION FROM THE BOTTOM UP.
While depictions of conventional middle-class religion are widely visible, rarely seen are the sacred worlds of society’s marginalized: the outcasts, the fallen, those that have been labeled “other” – ironically, those for whom religion was first formed. Through photographs, audio oral histories, music and text, “Golden States of Grace” presents eleven disinherited communities spanning eight faith traditions whom are active parts of our nation’s religious landscape, but who because of the world, society, or their own actions, have been silenced, and now worship as a means of finding refuge, family or community.
SURVIVORS CREATED A PLACE OF THEIR OWN IN A WORLD WHERE THEY WERE OFTEN WITHOUT A HOME.
The Four Seasons Lodge was a bungalow colony in New York’s Catskill Mountains, a unique summer retreat created exclusively by and for Holocaust survivors, which they operated for nearly thirty years. It became a sanctuary and second family, allowing them to rediscover old friendships and rekindle romance – a haven where Survivors could age without growing old. This photo-based multimedia exhibit, composed of life-sized images, sound, music, text and installation items recovered from the Lodge, counter-intuitively reflects the final three summers of the Four Seasons (2006-8), highlighting this vivacious community against the haunting backdrop of fading Catskills culture.
A STARK LOOK INTO THE HUMAN COST OF FEEDING AMERICA.
California farm workers are a workforce numbering over a million, and one responsible for harvesting over fifty percent of our nation’s food. “The Migrant Project,” an in-depth photo-documentary (with bilingual text), proudly places the faces and stories of those working our fields front and center, providing a present day microcosm for numerous issues. The images and text depict everything from family life, children and pesticides, to the search for housing, work, health care, to farm worker’s struggle to scrape together community and culture.