may, 2019

16mayAll Day14junPortraits & StoriesStudents, photographers and artists present stories through imagesMidway Artist Studios


May 16 (Thursday) - June 14 (Friday)


Midway Artist Studios

15 Channel Center St, Boston, MA 02210

Event Details

Public Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6PM – 8PM

Gallery Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment.

Participating Artists:
Michael Allen
Jaypix Belmar
Joel Benjamin
Avaughn Brown*
Jerry Carr*
Ciarah Castro*
Angel De Jesus*
William Dubost*
Sylvia Stagg Giuliano
Pete Grana
Lou Jones
Christ Orelus*
Joyce Parrish*
Krina Patel
Robin Radin
Addonis Reed*
Tina Ruffin*
Waddell Williams*

*McKinley Middle School –
Students in the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts partnership with McKinley Middle School

Portraits and Stories, 2019

Portraits are a statement about life. The images in Portraits and Stories weave together stories of individual lives. Central is the story of youth as told by young people and the adults around them. A series of photos are assembled by middle school students who tell their story through the images they have selected. Arrayed around these are images by artists and photographers who have chosen to tell the story of other lives. Moments in time that they have had the privilege of capturing. Together the images reflect the ebb and flow of life and assert life as it is being lived.

Originating in privilege, portraiture that was once associated with status has had to evolve. Today the human subject sees the self, presses a button and has the choice to erase the image, embellish it with filters, fix it as they please. All in real time. Technology then has snatched away the semblance of importance that once was the privilege of a few and bestowed it to the many. We have the freedom to define our lives and give others the permission to define it. This is evident in the works in this exhibit. The fragility of youth, the aspirational self, the playful self, a range of individuals and emotions are on view. We see the hints of joy and laughter, shadows of ambitions and achievements, loneliness and grief. Many of the photos speak about love and acceptance. And of everyday life.

As in the images on view, so in the persons photographing we see the diversity of artist photographers. This also points to a future when art making once the privilege of a few becomes accessible to many. Together, students and professional artist photographers present a fresh perspective on the individual self in this exhibit. This way of bringing together young and seasoned artists into the gallery space breaks down barriers, rendering the gallery a democratic community space. Here we come together to celebrate life. We establish that all lives matter.

-Krina Patel


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