The public is invited to “A Suspension of Stereotypic Perception: Illuminating Portraits and Stories of Our Connecticut Latino Residents” an exhibition of works by Tunxis lecturer in photography Christine Breslin, in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College in Farmington October 3-November 2. An opening reception with refreshments will be held October 5 from 4-7 p.m. in the Barnes-Franklin Gallery.
The project explores the topic of Latino immigration through the lens of the 19th century historic wet plate collodion process and 21st century video interviews of the subjects. Approximately 15 large portraits will be on view, supported in part with funding from the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
“I have intentionally launched this exhibit during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) to pay tribute to the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans and their important presence in the U.S., and to celebrate their heritage and culture,” said Breslin, who 28 years ago this month began a journey to Colombia to bring home her newly-adopted daughter, Mariah. Through Mariah and all of the people she has met in the process, she has had new opportunities to experience Latino families and their love of children and family. “The work here reflects my perception of the changing climate in the U.S. to immigrants,” she added.
An accomplished photographer, Breslin has exhibited her work nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and has been the recipient of numerous grants. Her exhibitions have explored a wide range of social and cultural topics, from families receiving welfare to adoption of older children and the homeless. Breslin’s works are held in a number of collections including the New Britain Museum of Art, the Polaroid Collection, Connecticut Health Foundation and others. She holds an M.F.A. from University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School. Breslin resides in West Hartford.
The Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, email Arthur Simoes at [email protected]. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.