ARTIST TALK & PANEL DISCUSSION: A conversation on the lasting impact of the Maine child welfare system on Wabanaki people and ongoing efforts to heal through recognition and education.
FEATURING: Matt Dunlap, Starr Kelley, Donna Loring, Jennifer Pictou, & Daniella Zalcman
On display August 23 through September 30, PhoPa Gallery will be showing Signs of Your Identity, an exhibition of photographs by Daniella Zalcman who won the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize in New Directions of Portraiture Photography. The exhibition showcases double exposure portraits of Indigenous Canadians who experienced the residential school system, as well as wall text, quotes pulled from interviews Daniella conducted with the survivors. In conjunction with this exhibition, Maine Media Workshops + College has partnered with the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA to present a panel discussion entitled Speaking Truths which will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at 1pm at the Cohen Education Center on the Portland campus. Using Zalcman’s series as a point of departure, the panel will aim to address the history and legacy of boarding schools in Maine, the experience of Wabanaki children in the child welfare system, and current healing efforts, including the Maine Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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