Curatorial Statement

The collection of the Sonnenschein Gallery is extremely eclectic and impressive. This exhibit is only a sliver of what the collection has to offer. Curious Moments is a selection of 20 photographs from four different artists from around the world and during different time periods. Each artist captures aspects of their country through the people and the overall environment. Coincidently each of these artists worked during a time of difficulty or social change in their country. Robert Doisneau captured images of France in the years during and after World War II, for Manuel Alvarez Bravo it was the years after the Mexican Revolution. Garry Winogrand photographed during the peak of social rights movements in the 1960s and the Cold War, and Alen MacWeeney gave an insight into the culture of people during a time of social change and violence in Ireland. Although each artist was living during a time of violent revolutions and uncertainty, none of their photographs portray that. These photographers reflect the idea that people are not defined by the events of their country, instead their country is defined by them. The artists whet the curiosity of the viewer and present questions between the relationship of people and the identity of individuals. Many of their photographs have simple subject matter that portrays daily moments for people. Although some of their works have somber undertones, the primary emphasis is on the engagement between people and their surroundings. The manner in which these artists capture the reactions of the people during these difficult times conveys the power and strength of their countries.

        -Victoria Findlay

               Class of 2017

Curatorial Statement