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"Indivisible: Stories of American Community"
2001-07-14 until 2001-09-30
Center for Creative Photography
Tucson, AZ, USA

As part of a national documentary project, the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona presents Indivisible: Stories of American Community, an exhibition that offers a collective vision of local life and action in America through the experience of twelve diverse communities and their citizens. Indivisible features the new work of leading photographers and nationally recognized interviewers who were asked to record and interpret the character of these places and the challenges they face.

The exhibition features nearly two hundred original photographs by twelve distinguished photographers. Dawoud Bey, Bill Burke, Lucy Capehart, Lynn Davis, Terry Evans, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Lauren Greenfield, Joan Liftin, Reagan Louie, Danny Lyon, Sylvia Plachy, and Eli Reed have each made original and influential contributions to social history and the art of photography. They bring their own personal vision to each community, where they were asked to spend up to thirty days working. Often more evocative than illustrative, their powerful photographs include landscapes and triptychs, vibrant color interiors, photomontages, and portraits of people and the life of their community.

Audio handsets, free to museum visitors, share the stories of the relationships, motivations, struggles, commitment, frustration, and accomplishment that drive local problem-solving and grassroots change. An interactive computer station in the gallery will feature additional images and interviews from the project and allow visitors to record their own stories of community.

Indivisible is a project of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona. Indivisible is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The exhibitions were organized and circulated by the Center for Creative Photography.

The art of photography and the state of community are united in the museum presentation of Indivisible, said Trudy Wilner Stack, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Center for Creative Photography and Indivisible Project Co-Director. Each photographer brings us a different and engaging perspective on the American experience that is further enriched by the voices and sounds of the places they photographed. With Indivisible, ideas and issues combine with the moving details of everyday life to provide provocative insight into the nature of a living democracy.

Eli Reed, 1999

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