April 5, 2004
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.- Wendy Ewald, known for her documentary collections of photographs depicting life in communities all over the world, will deliver this year's Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art at Amherst College on Thursday, April 22, at 4:30 in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather Hall). Titled "Secret Games," Ewald's talk, a reception and a book signing are free and open to the public.
Ewald's projects probe questions of identity and cultural differences. She often encourages her subjects, many of them children, not only to take the photographs themselves but also to join her in working with negatives. Her works challenge the concept of who actually makes an image: who is the photographer and who the subject, who is the observer and who the observed. Over the last 30 years, Ewald has worked in Labrador, Colombia, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Mexico and the United States.
Among Ewald's many honors are a MacArthur Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation and the Fulbright Commission. She has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the George Eastman House in Rochester, Nederlands Foto Institute in Rotterdam and the Fotomuseum in Wintherthur, Switzerland. She alsohas published seven books. She is currently artist-in-residence at the John Hope Franklin Center and a senior research associate at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She is also a senior fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School.
Ewald's talk is sponsored by the Fine Arts Department, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty,and the Rapaport Lectureship in Contemporary Art Fund. Established in 1999, this fund provides support for an annual lecture by an artist, art writer or art critic on some aspect of contemporary art. The goal of the Rapaport Lectureship is to increase awareness and appreciation of contemporary art among students and the community.