© Steph Plourde-Simard
"What Survival Looks Like"
Photographs of Steph Plourde-Simard
1252 Garden Street
Hoboken Street, NJ 07030
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 11, 2009 , 2-6p.m.
From the artist's statement:
In the hills outside of Antigua, Guatemala - an area known for extreme poverty, violence and gang rule - I came to know Ana, Julio and their 5 young children. While documenting their home and family I was humbled by their hospitality and warmed by their incredible spirit. As much of the Guatemalan population lives in varying degrees of poverty, and many either wait for change or work tirelessly towards it, the lives and "everyday" stories of those surviving near-impossible situations are invisible, except to illustrate the occasional news bite or political campaign. My experiences and education in social justice work has taught me that often the simple act of "just surviving" is a powerful and revolutionary one. I am moved and heavily influenced by survival and the various forms it takes, particularly in how it manifests in daily life, whether it is obviously visible or not. This series began as a question to myself of what survival looks like, and time spent with a loving family who are waiting for their world to change. It has since grown into a much larger theme in my work and my life.
About the Almanac Gallery:
Internationally known photographer, Benedict J. Fernandez, founded the Almanac Gallery to give young and under-recognized photographers a forum to show their work. Almanac Gallery is located at 1252 Garden Street (corner of 13th Street), Hoboken, NJ 07030.
The Gallery is open by appointment only. Call 201-865-6997 or fax 201-865-6997 for more information.