Through June 3, The Gordon Parks Foundation (GPF) presents Voices in the Mirror, a showcase of five past student recipients of scholarships awarded by the Foundation. GPF’s scholarship program began in 2009, in partnership with arts education institutions, and is given to arts students who demonstrate financial need. Parks, who was an acclaimed photographer, documented race relations and American life, from early 1940s until his death in 2006, in a way that not only told a story, but imparted empathy. These students were invited to submit works that also convey empathy. Rebecca Arthur provides a glimpse into her changing relationships with her family members while they grieve for the loss of their mother. Chiara Marianai showcases photographs that convey universal feelings, such as loneliness and isolation. Maria Wirries explores her roots through photographs of Haitian women working. Rebecca Iasillo asks viewers to investigate seemingly mundane scenes of public life. Vera Tineo uses her quilt to broaden the understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement. These works will be on display in GPF’s Pleasantville gallery, alongside the popular and lesser-known works of Parks. For more info, visit: gordonparksfoundation.org.
Image above: Photograph by 2009-2010 Nikon / Gordon Parks Photography Scholarship recipient Chiara Marianai
A version of this article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.