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