Article Published: Aug. 22, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 22, 2012
The Looking Glass Gallery presents “Vida en la Calle (Life
in the Street),” a group photography exhibit by students from Appalachian State University’s
Department of Technology and Environmental Design.
will be on view Aug. 21 to Sept. 11, with a reception on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the
gallery, located in Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian campus. The event is free and open to
the public. The exhibition was curated by Dianna Loughlin.
While traveling around
Cuba, eight student photographers captured the life of locals on the streets of Havana and have
brought back a collective retrospective of their experiences.
“Vida en la
Calle (Life in the Street)” came to fruition after the Department of Technology and Environmental
Design offered a study abroad experience in Havana, Cuba, in late December 2011 through Jan. 11,
2012. The class brought a group of technical photography majors: Dudley Carter, Rebecca Durr, Jesse
Helms, Angela Hensley, Meghan Johnson, Matt Miller, Rebecca Murray and Jake
These student photographers documented and observed the differences
between religious and holiday celebrations in Cuba compared to celebrations in the U.S. They earned
a new appreciation for Cuban culture as a whole that culminated from the experiences they had on the
lively streets of Havana.
“If you can learn enough Spanish to say, ‘¿Puedo
tomar una fotographía, por favor?,’” Hensley said, “then you will be rewarded with special
images of a special place.” The phrase translated into English is “Can I take your photograph,
The exhibit was compiled from thousands of photographs taken on the
“While captured through the lenses of eight individual
students, this body of work shows a unique, yet unified understanding of how life in the streets has
brought a community together and demonstrates how the United States is more like Cuba than many may
realize,” Loughlin said.
“While Cuba is a different place, it is still
similar in more ways than not to the U.S. experience,” Hensley said.
photographs depict a life not with oppression or tyranny of a dominating government, but rather of
interaction and play, age and the passing of time, social classes, and life “at its visceral
Looking Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of the Plemmons Student
Union at Appalachian State University. Gallery hours for fall 2012 and spring 2013 are Monday
through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 to 10
p.m. A full schedule for the Plemmons Student Union is available at
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