Rawiya, Eliot Dudik at GSU Welch

A pair of photography exhibitions curated by Welch Galleries director Cynthia Farnell. “Rawiya: She Who Tells a Story” and “Eliot Dudik: Road Ends in Water” will be on view September 27 through November 16, coinciding with the month-long photography festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography. A reception for both exhibitions takes place at the Welch School Galleries on October 4.

Rawiya is aphotography collective founded by female photographers from across the Middle East. Rawiya presents an insider’s view of a region in flux, balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes. As a collective, Rawiya’s photographers respect the humandignity of the stories they tell, pooling resources and vision to produce in-depth photo-essays and long-term projects. Rawiya, meaning ‘she who tells a story’ brings together the photographic styles of Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, DaliaKhamissy and Newsha Tavakolian.

“Rawiya: She Who Tells A Story” at the Welch School Galleries is Rawiya’s first exhibition as a collective in the United States. The exhibit and associatedprograms are supported in part by the Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State University.

Eliot Dudik is a photographer currently exploring the culture and landscape of the southeastern United States in a large format documentary style. His first monograph, Road Ends in Water, was published in 2010. Road Ends in Water is a luminous photographic portrait of the people and the landscape of the SouthCarolina “lowcountry”. This is his first solo exhibition in Atlanta.

Dudik says, “Change is descending upon an otherwise quiet, unhurried, unobtrusive, place. The main highway, U.S Route 17, that bisectsSouth Carolina’s “lowcountry,” north to south, is being widened to accommodate commerce, tourists, and urban refugees. Not only are many homes, some historic, disappearing before the tracked blades of expansion, but also the new, faster thoroughfare encourages greater disregard and obliviousness to the charm and culture the basin harbors.”

Exhibition curator Cynthia Farnell says, “Although Rawiya: She Who Tells A Story and Eliot Dudik: Road Ends in Water picture communities in different geographic locations, the photographers reveal some common themes: land-use, environmental justice, lack of visual representation or mis-representation, and overcoming stereotypes. Via the photographic image, both exhibits create awareness and inspire solutions to the challenges of our globalized world.”

Welch School Galleries
10 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303

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