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Photo exhibits at de Saisset Museum explore sacred places and homelessness
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Homelessness addressed through photography exhibit
“The Power of Portraiture: A Retrospective of Sixth Street Photography Workshop” presents work produced over the past decade by photographers associated with the Sixth Street Photography Workshop, a collaborative and community-focused organization based in San Francisco. The exhibit opened Jan. 13 at the de Saisset Museum at
As a special local complement, this exhibition includes 30 portraits produced by SCU students. The students worked collaboratively with
“When a photograph is created from a place of empathy, compassion, and consciousness, it’s not only a beautiful piece of art but has the ability to provoke awareness in a viewer and help to bring positive change to our society,” said Renee Billingslea, instructor of the class.
“The Power of Portraiture” exhibit is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Learning at
What spaces are sacred and why? How are people affected by the mystery and magic of sacred places? How do sacred spaces transcend cultural and geographic boundaries? “Faith Placed: The Intersection of Spirituality and Location in Contemporary Photography,” an exhibit that opened Jan. 13 at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, explores some of these questions with the help of photographic art.
The exhibition showcases places of worship, pilgrimage, and memorial, produced through a variety of aesthetic and conceptual approaches. Featuring a wide variety of images that range from Gothic cathedrals to the Burning Man festival, the photographs represent places with tremendous symbolic and spiritual potential.
“The artists use the power of photography to create images that highlight the magic of sacred places,” said Karen Kienzle, curator of the exhibit.
The sacred sites showcased in the exhibition represent a diversity of faiths, from indigenous and prehistoric to many of the world’s modern religions, such as Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Judaism, and the Muslim faith.
“Several of the artists have devoted their careers to representing spirituality in numerous manifestations throughout the world—demonstrating their interest in a more universal and inclusive approach to faith,” said Kienzle, who organized the exhibition in response to an emerging trend in recent photography in which artists are focusing on spiritual places.
The exhibition features images by: Dugan Aguilar, Linda Connor, Robert Dawson, Kathryn Dunlevie, Steve Dzerigian, Lissa Jones and Curt Fukuda, Geir Jordahl, r.r. jones, Kate Jordahl, Michael Kenna, Laurie Long, Roman Loranc, David Pace, Michael Rauner, Meridel Rubenstein, Brian Taylor, and Marco Zecchin.
As a special complement to the exhibition, “Faith Placed” will include a community gallery in which visitors are encouraged to submit or e-mail images of places that are sacred to them. The community gallery space will ask visitors: “What spaces are sacred to you, and why?” These images will be posted in the community gallery and will provide a community response to the exhibition.
“Faith Placed” is co-sponsored by the
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Michael Kenna, Village Shrine, Tateishi,
20 x 16 in., Gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Wirtz Gallery
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