Temporary Exhibitions, Hood Museum of Art second-floor galleries
Susan Meiselas, best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, is one of the most socially engaged photographers of our time. Her process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate over the function and practice of contemporary documentary photography. This exhibition is structured around three key projects, presented in their complete form, that exemplify the evolution of Meiselas’s process and approach: photographs and audio of New England carnival strippers (1972-76); photographs, films, and public installations from Nicaragua (1978-2004); and photographs and collected archival objects and video from Kurdistan (1991-present). The exhibition encourages cross-disciplinary dialogue around issues of art, anthropology, and human rights.
Organized by the International Center of Photography, New York, with support from Shell, and presented at the Hood Museum of Art through the generous support of Marina and Andrew E. Lewin ’81, the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund, and the Hansen Family Fund.
Curated by Kristen Lubben, Associate Curator