Collaborations: Deceiving Reality

  May 9 - July 6

May 9 - July 6, 2014
Opening Reception: May 9th, 6:00pm
Artist Talks: May 13th, 6:30pm

HCP’s Collaborations is an educational program that celebrates
photography and encourages cooperation and teamwork between
Houston-area high school students as they create an exhibition from
beginning to end.

Now in its eleventh year, Collaborations includes 29 students from
ten Houston-area high schools. These teenagers met photography experts
every other week in the evenings at HCP to learn from staff and guests,
to discuss exhibition planning, to critique photographic work, and to
participate in lectures and discussions with artists and photographers from
the Houston community.

The young photographers who participated in the program were particularly
interested in the inherent reality and construction within a photograph.
This has been a topic surrounding photography since the medium was invented.
How a photographer or editor chooses to manipulate an image, crop it, or
select a particular scene from an event can often question the reality of a
situation. This calls to attention the fact that our culture is often influenced
by an individual’s (or the media’s) choice to publish a certain image. Are
these images representative of that person or event? Or, is it a mask? In
this exhibition, these artists emphasize that photography has the power to
deceive reality and that, as artists, they as individuals also have the ability
to harness that power to expose a truth.

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