I’ve been incredibly fortunate to become part of a powerful story telling initiative. For a couple years I’ve been photographing mother and daughter pairs during a Girls Inc. annual event. The idea of the event is to have a variety of activities for mothers and daughters to interact in together. It’s a fun morning for the pairs, trying new things, meeting new people, and spending time with each other.
While the images were enjoyed for those photographed, we thought about how else we could share them with the community, and came up with the idea of a traveling exhibit. What I’m especially excited about is that our mother/daughter pairs have contributed their thoughts about each other, the experience, and what they see in the photograph through a written statement that accompanies their image, making for a powerful presentation. (Bring a Kleenex if you read these statements!)
And now, after months of planning, the exhibit will launch at Reid Hospital & Healthcare on May 6, 2013. Just in time for Mother’s Day.
This collection of images helps illustrate the complex, on-going mother daughter relationship. There are moments of intimacy. There are moments of laughter. And yes, there can be moments of anger. Our mothers define our seeds of origin. These women who gave birth to us are the ones we can thank for the curve of our nose, our clear skin, our ample waists, our gentle or quick tempered personalities, and our humorous idiosyncrasies. And whether birth is given or not, a mother influences our initial view of the world, how we treat others, and how we envision ourselves fitting in to society.
So, here is the official press release if you want to get the 411. Hope to see you at one of the shows! And make sure to watch the video teaser!
As We Are: A Photographic Exhibit of Mothers and Daughters
Girls Inc. of Wayne County, in partnership with Susanna Tanner Photography and sponsor Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, announce As We Are: A Photographic Exhibit of Mothers and Daughters. This exhibit highlights mothers and daughters from across our community who participated in one of Girls Inc.’s Mother-Daughter workshops. As We Are opens at the MacDowell Gallery in Reid Hospital & Health Care Services on May 6, 2013.
As We Are captures the unique relationship between mothers and daughters. The exhibit explores universal themes of love, tension, care and emotion as expressed through the intimacy of each portrait. Mothers and daughters were invited to share statements about their relationship and what they saw in the photograph. These statements add another layer of meaning and depth to the powerful exhibit.
Reid Hospital Foundation Director Jason Troutwine describes his strong interest in the exhibit and their sponsorship, stating “Girls Inc. does a wonderful job of teaching, empowering and inspiring our young ladies. Hopefully, as folks see these photos displayed in MacDowell Gallery, they are reminded of women who have influenced their own lives. Reid Hospital is proud to sponsor and host this moving exhibit.”
Girls Inc. Co-Executive Director Beth Harrick is enthusiastic about the exhibit: “Susanna has a gift for capturing the deep connections of these mother-daughter relationships. You can see the strength and uniqueness of each relationship in the photographs, in all kinds of different poses and expressions. It is a great tribute to these mothers’ and daughters’ love for one another, and it is great art.”
As We Are opens at Reid Hospital and Health Care Services in the MacDowell Gallery before traveling to six additional exhibit sites. Sites include Roscoe’s Coffee Shop, Morrisson Reeves Library, Centerville Library, Hagerstown Library, Indiana University East and the Women’s Fund of the Wayne County Foundation Luncheon. As We Are is made possible by the generous support of Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, Girls Inc., and Susanna Tanner Photography. Indiana University East will host a closing reception for the exhibit before its final display at the Women’s Fund’s 2014 Luncheon.
- The MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital and Health Care Services: May 6th-June 14th, 2013
- Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room, July 12 – August 30, 2013
- Morrison Reeves Library, September 7 – October 10, 2013
- Centerville Library, October 18 – November 22nd, 2013
- Hagerstown Library, December 6, 2013 – January 8, 2014
- Indiana University East Art Gallery (includes closing reception), January 20 – February 28, 2014
- Women’s Fund of the Wayne County Foundation Luncheon, TBA
About Girls Inc.:
Girls Inc. of Wayne County is a member of the national nonprofit, Girls Incorporated, a youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Incorporated of Wayne County, formerly Girls Club, has been serving girls in our community for over 40 years. Each year Girls Inc. provides a variety of after-school, summer and school-based programs that prepare girls to lead more successful, independent, and fulfilling lives. Girls Inc. serves over 1,400 youth annually in on-site and school-based programs, promoting positive messages about girls’ intelligence, strengths, and value. Challenging negative social messages and stereotypes, Girls Inc. inspires girls to realize their full potential and become the women they truly want to be.
About Reid Hospital & Health Care Services:
MacDowell Gallery, a component of Reid’s healing environment, is located on the second floor of Reid’s Outpatient Care Center. The space was named after retired Reid President/CEO, Barry MacDowell, and features rotating exhibits created by local, area and regional artists.