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THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
IMAGES FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
Curated by the Student Photo League

May 18 - September 3, 2004
Season Opening Exhibition Reception: Tuesday, May 18, 4:30pm
Student Photo League Reception: Tuesday, May 25, 4:30pm


The Human Experience Exhibition Installation Image
Samburu People, Yasuo Konishi

Images that come to our attention in the media often seem to reinforce our notions of the separateness of the cultures of the world and the differences between people. Images can convey profound insights into the restless and relentless activity of the people of the world in their quest for survival, sustenance, pleasure and comfort. From dramatic, life-changing events to the smallest personal moment, these photographs seek to find the common threads that bind all people together, whatever their culture.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

In 2002 the Southeast Museum of Photography established the Student Photo League to offer special opportunities to students and to foster photographic education. A group of enthusiastic high school and college photography students from the area came together to meet regularly and work on photography projects, hold special critiques, attend seminars, plan workshops and conduct portfolio reviews.

One special interest group within the Student Photo League has been the student curatorís group. This group was offered the chance to work jointly with the museum staff and become actively involved in museum curatorial work leading to the creation of a public exhibition of photographs from the museumís permanent collection.

For this seasonís exhibition the student curatorís group developed the theme of The Human Experience in response to other exhibitions that will be on display in the museum. These exhibitions, Man-ifestations and Womenís Worlds, each deal with concepts of gender and gender representation. The student curators wanted to bring elements suggested by both of these shows together in a project that looked beyond gender, and a myriad of other distinctions to a more unified view of the struggles and triumphs of humanity.

Curatorís Notes

"This exhibition brings together many perspectives, the work of numerous photographers, and a wide variety of photographic styles and subjects that traverse the medium from portraiture to documentary. Artists represented range from the obscure to the exalted and the renowned.

Images that come to our attention in the media often seem to reinforce our notions of the separateness of the cultures of the world and the differences between people. Images can convey profound insights into the restless and relentless activity of the people of the world in their quest for survival, sustenance, pleasure and comfort. From dramatic, life-changing events to the smallest personal moment, these photographs seek to find the common threads that bind all people together, whatever their culture.

The images in ďThe Human ExperienceĒ were deliberately chosen to represent this variety of cultures and to give the viewer a glimpse of the universal struggles and challenges that make up the reality of peopleís lives the world over. The photographs are sequenced in an order that reflects the journey we all make from birth to death and ďeverything in between.Ē


STUDENT PHOTO LEAGUE PROJECT WORK 2004

These images are the individual creative work of members of the museumís Student Photo League. Once the Student Curatorís Group had determined the organizing theme for the permanent collection exhibition for this season, all student members were then invited to produce new photos in response to that theme. In the case of this season, that theme was The Human Experience. Their images were to be displayed alongside the permanent collection show. The final selections displayed here were drawn from a much larger number of photos submitted to a curatorial selection panel comprised of members of the Student Curatorís Group.
    The Human Experience Exhibition Installation Image
Untitled, Roy Llera

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Human Experience is the second in our continuing series of exhibitions by the student curatorís group. The Southeast Museum of Photography would like to acknowledge the special efforts made by a number of people who have made this exhibition a success. Juliana Romnes led the curatorial development and research of the exhibition concept, with Wayne Reither and Corrina Stevens providing organizational and administrative support for the group. As always, the Student Photo Leagueís adviser, PerHans Romnes has been essential to the success of this project. He has overseen the evolution and growth of the group and his continued support and enthusiasm for the group is beyond measure. Our thanks are also due to the many talented and enthusiastic students who submitted work for this display.

A special acknowledgment should be given to the great group of students that formed the SMP Student Photo League Curators Group:


Sarah Gardner, Spruce Creek High School
Anthony Geiser, Daytona Beach Community College
Blake Geno, Daytona Beach Community College
Rachael Irons, Spruce Creek High School

    Erin Rohan, Spruce Creek High School
Juliana Romnes, University of Central Florida
Kristen Stone, Spruce Creek High School
Jennifer Surgent, Daytona Beach Community College
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The Human Experience Exhibition - Anne Rearick The Human Experience Exhibition - Aaron Mervin
The Human Experience Exhibition - Chris Rainier
Madame Hatoig at Grave, 1992, Anne Rearick Untitled, Aaron Mervin Morocco, 1999, Chris Rainier
     
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