This October, The Art Center presents NORMALIZING ABORTION: Portraits & Stories, a pro-choice photographic exhibit and fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. This show will feature selfies, self-portraits, and stories from people who have terminated a pregnancy and wish to share their experience in order to de-stigmatize abortion.
Approximately 1 in 4 American women will have an abortion at some point in her lifetime. This means abortion is a common part of reproductive healthcare and a normal part of our collective experience. Yet, news coverage of the issue has sensationalized abortion by addressing only the most extreme cases, those involving rape, incest, or a woman who’s life is at risk. Normalizing Abortion seeks to share the experiences of those who have chosen to end a pregnancy because it was the right choice at the right time, for them; and to affirm the importance of abortion access in ensuring our human right of self- determination. In addition, all proceeds gathered from submissions and donations will be given to Planned Parenthood Federation of America to support their vital work in our community and around the world. Submissions are still welcome and being accepted through September 23rd.
An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 18th, 6-8 pm at The Art Center. The Reception will feature a gathering of pro-choice groups and political candidates. A projection of digital submissions and stories will be on display for the evening along with the framed work in the gallery show. The reception is free and open to the public.
About the curator: Phoenix Mayet is a conceptual artist, feminist, and social activist whose work addresses issues related to gender, trauma, and personal identity. She holds degrees from Cornell University and UNH. She maintains a fine art studio at the Washington St. Mill in Dover, NH.
About The Art Center: The Art Center’s mission is to bring culture to the community through the Arts. The Center consists of 15 Resident Artists, Studios – which includes, painters, photographers, sculptors, writers, publishers, musicians and custom framing.
To see more local events, click here.