March 25th, St. Paul: “The Empowering Image” Photography by Amy Anderson and Sheila Farrell

The Empowering Image
Photographs by Amy Anderson and Sheila Farrell

IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts
2446 Univeristy Avenue West, Suite 100
St. Paul, Minnesota  [directions]

Opening reception: Friday March 25, 2011, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Exhibition open from March 25 – May 14, 2011

“Photographers have long used their ability to empower the people they photograph. Photographers of the Farm Security Administration put a dignified face on the poor farmers and others contending with the Great Depression. In our time, Minnesota photographers Amy Anderson and Sheila Farrell use their cameras to provide clarity to their young subjects facing the harrowing transition to adulthood.

The goal of Amy Anderson’s portraits in Crossroads, an alternative last chance school for at-risk teenagers where she teaches, has always been to present a respectful, empowering image of a teenager’s struggles, strength of self, and freedom of spirit.

Sheila Farrell made Family Pictures: Constructions of Reality to give her teenage daughter direction in the overwhelming pressure to fit in and conform to societal standards of beauty. Her images explore the complexity of the inner lives of teenage girls and the creative and idiosyncratic ways they deal with contradictory cultural messages.”

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