Eye contact is an intense experience. It has been said the seed of consciousness can be seen in our eyes. It can be so much easier to avoid eye contact because of this intensity. We spent almost 2 years looking at mask covered faces. How many times were you forced to make eye contact because you couldn't see mouths anymore?
This interactive art exhibit asks you to know yourself on many levels. Are you anxious when confronted by many eyes? Are you excited by it?
Does the individual eye create an emotional response? Does it change when you look at a pair of eyes with a different ethnic background than yours?
Each of the sets of eyes you will be confronted with at the exhibit will have been named with an emotion, yet there will be no labels. You will be invited to match each set of eyes to their emotion.
Another way in which you can interact with the exhibit is to fill out a series of questions related to the emotional reactions you experienced during your viewing.
Hosted at the Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Hours are Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm, Fridays 8am - 4pm, except for Artist Reception evenings.
Through Their Eyes is free and open to the public. We will be collecting donations for local not for profit I Can Breathe & I Will Speak. Scroll down to learn more and donate.
I Can Breathe & I Will Speak
Founded by LaShawn Hawkins, I Can Breathe & I Will Speak is a not for profit in Gloversville NY.
Their mission: To seek justice and equality for all races across the US by bridging gaps between communities and law enforcement.
LaShawn is busy in her community as support staff in schools, organizing and supporting rallies for reproductive rights, handing out food at food drives, cooking lunches for kids at local parks, organizing the first ever Gloversville Pride event, as well as organizing the first ever Juneteenth event, showing a screening of the documentary she produced. (You can watch that Here.)
All donations will go directly to this powerhouse of community service.
Saratoga Arts made this program possible through the Community Arts Regrant Program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.