Saturday, September 24, 2011

Photography exhibit is making its U.S. debut in Dublin

from Dublin News:

The Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, will host a roundtable discussion Tuesday, Sept. 27, about a new exhibition on display through Nov. 4.

Shifting Perspectives, a photography exhibition depicting Down syndrome, will be on display Sept. 27 through Nov. 4 at the Dublin Arts Council.

It is the first time the international exhibition has been seen in the United States.

Shifting Perspective is "... a poignant photography exhibition providing insight into the joy and wonder of being human, and living with Down syndrome," according to a press release from the Dublin Arts Council announcing the exhibition.

A selection of photographs, taken during a nine-year period by numerous photographers in the United Kingdom, depicts the everyday interactions of people of all ages living with Down syndrome.

Photographer and Shifting Perspectives curator Richard Bailey, of the U.K., will join local photographers Marcella Hackbardt and Abdi Roble, in a discussion of the exhibition and the larger societal issues it addresses.

Ann Bremner, of the Ohio State University's Wexner Center for the Arts, will moderate the forum beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Dublin Arts Council.

A reception for the artists, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be held after the forum.

The exhibition remains on display until Nov. 4.

It includes images captured by seven photographers and is making its U.S. debut in Dublin.

The exhibition originated in the U.K., and has since been viewed in Turkey, the People's Republic of China, Columbia and parts of Canada.

The exhibition and related programs are intended to raise awareness of Down syndrome.

Dublin-based Down syndrome Achieves, along with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, are collaborating with the Dublin Arts Council in presenting the exhibition.

October is Down syndrome month in the United States.

The exhibition is supported in part by Glaxo Smith Kline, the Dublin Foundation, and a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Shifting Perspectives will be on view in the Dublin Arts Council gallery.

Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The forum, reception, and continuing exhibition are free to attend and open to the public.

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