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Borderland / West Gallery
Booth 55 / East Gallery

Borderland Collective: breathing deeply, i hold my space
West Gallery
Booth 55 / How We See the World: A Collaborative Photo Book Project
East Gallery

Exhibition Dates: September 30 to October 23 / Reception: October 1st, 5-6pm
Lecture: Tuesday, October 1, 4:00pm / West Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Borderland / breathing deeply, I hold my space

The decisions of early artists and photographers who explored and documented the American Southwest still resonate with us today. As our ancestors marked their journey, recorded their conquests, and sought to prove the American dream as their destined right they took great advantage of the subjective nature of their mediums, misrepresenting or wholly ignoring many people. From these early artworks, photographs, and later films, a framework guiding how to view and understand the region took shape. Our perceptions have shifted little from that early-engineered myth of the west.

Borderland Collective was created in response to this myopic history. Through participation and collective creation we work to realize a more complex narrative of the American Southwest, challenging the power that Edward S. Curtis, John Wayne, and their successors still hold over our conception of this region.

This is achieved by working with young people in public schools across the Southwest, facilitating opportunities for them to explore and document their own personal, familial, and cultural lives through photography. breathing deeply, I hold my space is a selection from the Borderland Collective archive and represents our ambition to bring forward critical dialogue by providing an alternative history and more inclusive portrayal of our homeland. By engaging with these pictures we inherently measure the space between our own lives and the people and places of these photographs. In so doing we are given an opportunity to experience new moments, transcend expectations, find commonalities, be empowered by young people, and reflect upon the possibility of something more.

The photographs in this exhibition were all made by young people ranging in age from 8-20 years old living in Southwest Texas and Central New Mexico. Among them include young women navigating between Native American tradition and urban culture in Albuquerque, East Asian and African refugees new to America and searching for a sense of place in San Antonio, and young men who ranch in Mexico on the weekends but call Presidio, Texas home.

Participants include: Chris, Shelly, Methode, Abdullah, Minani, Paw Moo, Dorothea, Mi Noe Noe, Azizah, Habiba, Abakar, Ali Starla, Kayne, Krista, Vivi, Ablyn, Hector, Ashley, Karen, James, Justin, and Kevin.

Jason Reed, Curator

Director of Borderland Collective

Booth 55 / How We See the World: A Collaborative Photo Book Project

Texas Woman’s University photography students invited all SPE Student Volunteers to join us in creating our second collaborative book project during this 50th anniversary year of SPE. Meet us at our trade show booth and make friendships, hear a new story, laugh at an old story, create a self-portrait, and most importantly answer the question, “How has your photographic education impacted the way you see the world in relation to the arts?” The photographic equipment in this years’ booth is generously sponsored by MAC Group.

In 2010, members of the Photographic Artists Coalition and Pioneers in Design at TWU celebrated the power of collaboration by creating Booth 55 at the 46th Annual Society for Photographic Education National Conference. This project brings photography students together, each with a unique voice, to capture and express diverse viewpoints from universities throughout the United States and visually represent the network of opportunities forged as a direct result of involvement with SPE.

This exhibition will showcase photographs from the project and the book design process.

There will be a lecture on Tuesday, October 1st, 4pm in the West Gallery of the Fine Arts Building. A reception will follow in the foyer of the Fine Arts Building.

The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.


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