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Picturing Hidden Stories: A Visual Artist Approach to Excavating the Neglected Past

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Senior Lecturer Renee Billingslea, Santa Clara University

Most of us know that photography has played an important role in preserving history since its conception. No matter what the intention of the photographer, information is collected and it reveals details and evidence possible to tell significant stories. For photographic educator and practicing visual artist, Renee Billingslea, investigating historical photographs for content, materials, and processes to build her installations is a natural process. By creating objects that fit into the realm of material culture, Billingslea pulls out hidden stories and fragments from American history to educate and inform an audience.

Billingslea will share details of her processes, showing examples of her work from The Fabric of Race: Racial violence and lynching in America and her newest installations Ten American Concentration Camps discuss how the exhibit of art impacts the discussion of cultural trauma. 

The event is free and open to the public, in collaboration with Endicott College. Register to reserve your spot.

Learn more about the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State.

When 7:30pm
Christopher E Mauriello

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