Film and poetry will collide to explore today’s most pressing themes of identity, racial injustice, police brutality, feminism and body image, resulting in a multi-media collaboration and presentation of photographer David Flores and poet Ellen Hagan’s work on Tues., July 7 in Newlin Hall at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.
The open public performance, presented as part of the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) programming, is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer and educator. Her latest collection of poetry, Hemisphere, was released in April 2015 by Northwestern University Press. Ellen’s poems and essays can be found in the pages of Creative Nonfiction, Underwired Magazine, She Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy), Huizache, Small Batch and Southern Sin.
David Flores is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. His photography can be found on the covers of Poets & Writers, MIX Magazine, and PLUCK. His work has been showcased at the Kentucky Center, the Allen R. Hite Gallery, the Verbal Arts Centre of Northern Ireland and film festivals across the country.
“There have been periods in history instrumental in facilitating a cultural shift in our society,” says Carrie Nath, executive director of GSA. “With the recent shootings in Charleston, the police brutality in NYC, Ferguson and many other areas of our nation and the wider and wider gap between the haves and have nots, we are at a crucial tipping point and decisions in the near future will change the face of America forever: either for the good or frighteningly, in a destructive way.
“Art opens our hearts, spirits and minds to a more just a peaceful future, and we need to start the conversation,” she continues. “Come be a part of the solution and work with the state’s greatest young minds and spirits to work towards peace and acceptance.”
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July 1, 2015