A new art exhibit featuring by photography by Tacoma Community College art instructors Alice Di Certo and Kyle Dillehay opens Oct. 30in The Gallery. A reception will be held in The Gallery, Nov. 4, 4-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Dec. 18, 2013.
Alice Di Certo
Di Certo’s work tells the stories of children who have been bullied.
“This series of photographs depicts children and young adults who have experienced bullying, taunting, verbal and or physical harassment,” wrote Di Certo in a statement about the exhibit. “When they see their own portraits, I hope each of these individuals see themselves the way I see them: brave, strong, smart, beautiful, and worthy of respect.”
The photos are paired with narratives derived from interviews. Di Certo notes that she did not take a “journalistic” approach and interview all parties involved in the incidents.
“What I have learned is, bullying can be about perception as well as ‘facts’ reported,” wrote Di Certo. “Not everyone is annoyed or hurt by what we are annoyed and hurt by and vice versa; there are many situations that would make one just shrug that are outright plain painful for others.”
Dillehay photographed couples in which partners feel “opposite” to one another in some way, and posted the images adjacent to the couple’s own handwritten notes.
“As we all know, different countries have different cultures, culture is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another,” wrote Dillehay in a statement about the exhibit.
“This opposing background between partners will be the catalyst that I will use to obtain revealing and expressive portraits of what would otherwise be seen as the perfect relationship between two people; the adage that opposites attract will be the emotional cornerstone for this project.”
Dillehay used a time-intensive process to create contact prints from film negatives using platinum-based emulsions and sunlight exposure.
“Because platinum is chemically stable, the prints are estimated to last more than 1,000 years if properly stored,” wrote Dillehay.
About The Gallery
The Gallery is located in Building 4 at Tacoma Community College, near the corner of 12th and Mildred. Marked visitor’s parking spots are available in lots F, G, and H. The Gallery is open noon – 5 p.m. M-F on days the college is open.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Gallery Coordinator Jennifer Olson Rudenko.