Art Exhibition and Panel Discussion: “Portraits of Marasa: Photographing the Dominican Republic and Haiti” and“Photographing the Edge: Documentary Photography Now”

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As part of the 20th Birthday celebration of the Paul Krot Community Darkroom, AS220 Media Arts presents “Portraits of Marasa: Photographing the Dominican Republic and Haiti,” an exhibit of photographs by Miguel Rosario and Huáscar Robles. The exhibit runs the month of April at Aurora Providence, Rhode Island. As a complement to the exhibit, AS220 will also host “From the Edge: Documentary Photography Now,” a panel discussion on the state of documentary photography, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 7:00-9:00pm at Aurora Providence (276 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island). See details below:

In “Portraits of Marasa: Photographing the Dominican Republic and Haiti,” Miguel Rosario presents black and white portrait photography capturing life in the Dominican Republic. Huáscar Robles showcases a body of work from his travels to Haiti right after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. The combination of these two bodies of work by two photographers from AS220’s community of artists, leads an exploration of the relationship between the two countries that comprise the island of Hispaniola.

“From the Edge: Documentary Photography Now” will feature photographers Huáscar Robles, Miguel Rosario, and Mary Beth Meehan, moderated by Marc Joel Levitt, host and co-executive producer of the Action Speaks! live radio forum. The discussion will center on the role of photography as a tool for documentation, the role of the photographer, and the opportunities and challenges presented by new technologies. Huáscar captured a critical moment in Haiti, with a journalistic eye, while Miguel documented the daily life of people in the Dominican Republic as someone who belongs to its cultural diaspora. Mary Beth Meehan is an experienced documentary photographer and a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; bringing an additional academic perspective to the conversation on culture and photography.

AS220 is an internationally renowned, artist-run organization committed to providing an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. AS220 offers artists opportunities to live, work, exhibit and/or perform in its facilities, which include several rotating gallery spaces, a performance stage, a black-box theater, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a fabrication and electronics lab, a dance studio, a youth program focusing on youth under state care, four dozen affordable live/work studios for artists, and a bar and restaurant. Founded in a one-room rental above the Providence Performing Arts Center in 1985 with a budget of $800, AS220 now owns three buildings in downtown Providence, representing an investment of $25 million. AS220 plays a key role in the revitalization of downtown Providence while advocating for the intrinsic value of artists and art practice in the role of community development.

For more info, see www.as220.org

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