The Palmer Gallery at Vassar College is pleased to announce an exhibition of portraits by photographer Kristin V. Rehder. Where Hope Finds Home: Recognizing the Refugees of Lancaster Pennsylvania will be on view October 16 – November 2, with an opening reception on Thursday October 19, 5-7pm. Admission to the Palmer Gallery is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible. The exhibition is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am - 6:00pm; Wednesday from 9:00am - 5:00pm and weekends 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
Where Hope Finds Home, an exhibition of Kristin V. Rehder’s direct naturally lit portraits, documents more than 60 area refugees from 19 countries who have resettled in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County. Those who agreed to be photographed also shared their stories with Rehder and her colleague, Amer Alfayadh, case manager at Church World Service, Lancaster. Rehder’s approach insists on the dignity of each human being. The participants in this project are legal immigrants who have passed rigorous entrance requirements to come to the United States. They were forced from their homelands and encampments because of a well-documented fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
“My work is informed by social activist photography, including Civil Rights-era photography, and by visual ethnography,” says Rehder. “I continue to explore, photographically, the “beloved community” concepts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose focus on the dignity of each human being influences my portraits.”
Kristin V. Rehder is a photographer and writer living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Kristin holds a B.A. with honors in English literature from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. In 2013 she earned an M.A. in liberal studies with a focus in the cultural history of photography from Skidmore College. She is currently pursuing a certificate in documentary arts from the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. This is her second study on the concept of community. Her first, The Way to Wanakena, was based in a small hamlet in the mountains of Upstate New York. Kristin is currently completing a document on an Adirondack river, where she is exploring the memory and meaning of place. From her kayak, she shoots with a 1945 Rolleiflex twin lens reflex film camera using black-and-white film.
About the Palmer Gallery
Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.
Because of the Palmer Gallery's central location, casual ambiance, and frequent exhibition rotation, it has a large and loyal following and has become an important contributor to the art scene at Vassar. The gallery hosts approximately eight shows a year. Recent exhibitions ranged from Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Their Families, a touring photo-text display created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Massachusetts, to Knowing Where To Stand, a collection of 44 stunning color landscape photographs from around the world by landscape architect and photographer Anne Whiston Spirn. Recurring annual exhibitions include the projects of Vassar's studio art majors, artwork created by children attending local elementary schools, and the portfolio work of participants in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft.
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